Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Jordan Phillips


We keep moving right along with our draft prospects that the Buffalo Bills might just look at when it comes to their picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.  We have taken a look deep into the offensive lineman pool and are working our way through the defensive lineman lot right now.  After we will stay on the defensive side of the ball and take a look at possible linebacker prospects as well as safety and cornerback prospects.

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As far as out next defensive lineman that we will take a look at Jordan Phillips out of Oklahoma is the next on our bill.  With a draft grade of 6.23 he is really the last defensive tackle that is being projected to go in the 1st round.  Now it is the late first round, but there might be a chance that he drops a couple of spots.

Standing at 6’5″ and weighing 329 pounds, Phillips is a good size defensive tackle that can take up some space.  He started all 13 games in Oklahoma in 2014 but only started 4 games in 2013 before having back surgery and missing the rest of the year.

Some strengths and weaknesses for Phillips are…

"Massive frame with long arms. Athletic lower body for a man his size. Read-and-react two-gap nose with ability to eat space and free linebackers. Uses length effectively and was able to split double teams as season wore on. Swim move for quick wins and trips into backfield when Sooners let him penetrate. Athletic with nimble feet and pursuit speed of a man much lighter.Scouts consider him a flash player who can dominate a game but will disappear during stretches. Needs to play with better knee bend and lower pad level. Loses some leverage and becomes top-heavy wrestler at times. Not effective as pass rusher.– NFL.com"

With his size and ability he will fit into a 3-4 or a 4-3 very nicely and can play either a 2 or 3 technique or a nose tackle position depending on the defense.

He is compared to Terrence Knighton, who is currently with the Denver Broncos and has also played with the Jacksonville Jaguars

The bottom line is…

"Nose tackle with desired height, weight and speed. Flashes talent necessary to project a ceiling as a dominant run stuffer best suited for a 3-4 defense. Phillips’ ability to eat up blocks should help him earn a high grade, but it’s his potential as a big athlete with above-average range for the position that could turn him into a Pro Bowl nose.– NFL.com"

So far the three defensive lineman that we have looked at have all been guys projected to go in the 1st round.  All three of them would be individuals that would be able to step in and fill a gaps for the Buffalo Bills whether it be due to injury, suspension, or just plan rotational purposes.  I like all three if any of them

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