The Miami Dolphins selected nose tackle Jordan Phillips in the second round of this year’s draft, with the number 52 pick overall. Phillips played his college ball at the University of Oklahoma. He only started 17 games total at Oklahoma, and many attribute that to the coaching staff not being happy with his work ethic and football character. He was, however, selected to the second team All-Big 12 in 2014, when he did start in all 13 games for the Sooners. In the Russell Athletic Bowl, he had 7 tackles against Clemson. During the 2013 season, he started four games before being sidelined with a back injury for the remainder of the season. In the 2012 season, he did paly in 11 games and finished with 12 tackles.
At the combine, he ran a 5.17 second 40-yard dash, in addition to a 7.88 second 3-cone drill and 4.68 second 20 yard shuttle. He was also able to do 28 reps on the bench press, and had a 30.0 inch vertical jump and 105.0 inch broad jump. At 6’5” and 329 pounds, he has a massive frame and long arms that are certainly a major strength. Also, he has an athletic lower body, particularly for a player of his size. He can eat up space well, allowing linebackers to be freed. He also uses his length effectively and is often able to split double teams on many occasions. He is athletic and has nimble feet that allow him to pursue players are much lighter than himself. If he can build up additional muscle and girth, he will be fare more competitive in the NFL.
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One weakness that has been noted is that Phillips tends to be flashy early on in the game, being able to dominate play, but will often disappear for long stretches at a time. He loses his focus far too easily. He does need to learn to play with a better knee bend, in addition to maintaining a lower pad level. He has a tendency to lose some leverage at times, and he can become a top-heavy wrestler at others. As a pass rusher, he is not nearly as effective, so he will need to work on this area of his game. He often stalls out early and settles for trying to bat down passes rather than following through to the end of the play. In the end, he has a great build for being a nose tackle, and he certainly has the talent to succeed at the next level. He will need to stay focused and disciplined, however, if he is to fit with the new scheme being implemented in Miami.
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