Harrison Phillips Draft Profile

Harrison Phillips draft profile

Strengths:

  • Powerful and strong
  • Not the greatest athlete, but makes a ton of plays
  • Extremely high tackle count this season for interior defender
  • Active and determined
  • Three-time high school state wrestling champ with strong core and power to torque blockers from his hips
  • Plays square and against double teams and can recover and anchor
  • Uses basic but effective spin move to disengage from clutter
  • Pocket pusher who can force quarterback to move his feet
  • Able to drive upfield through angle blocks and alter the run lane

Analysis: Harrison Phillips background as the 2013 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year and a junior wrestling champion is exactly what NFL scouts are looking for. Add in the play he’s put on tape over the past couple of seasons and it was no surprise when he decided to leave school early for the NFL. Phillips is big and strong—he put up 42 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine, showing his raw strength. He may not be the best athlete on the field, but he has a high motor that never quits—active and determined on every play. He is the type of defensive tackle that can take on multiple blockers without losing his anchor. He may not put up elite sack totals, but he is a pocket pusher who can get in the QB’s face and affect passes. Upfield mover.

Weaknesses:

  • More active than athletic
  • Looks slow in lateral movement and change of direction
  • Quick lineman can cross his face and find positioning to wall him off
  • Lacks a plan as a rusher
  • Needs to use hands more in pass rush
  • Has higher center of gravity than most nose guards
  • Plays too straight-legged robbing him of base width and balance
  • Ends up on the ground too often

Analysis: Harrison Phillips won’t be mistaken for an athletic lineman, but he is active and understands the game and assignments. He has slow, prodding lateral steps and struggles against quicker offensive lineman who can get across his face and seal him off. He is your prototypical run stuffer and lacks any plan as a pass rusher. He will need to work with his position coach to build a repertoire of pass rush moves. The first thing the position coach will work with him on is his hand usage–with his power he should be utilizing his hands more when rushing the passer. Phillips has major balance issues, some of that has to do with his high center of gravity and being straight-legged, but he spends more time on the ground for a potential Day 2 pick than I can remember.

What the scouts say: “I’m kind of surprised at how high the media scout types are on him. Where do you play him? Loses balance which makes nose tough and he doesn’t have athleticism to play with three-technique. But I get that he makes a bunch of plays and he’s obviously a strong guy. I just see him as a day three player.” — NFC West Coast scout

Size: 6’4 307lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Damon Harrison

Draft Projection: Round 2-3

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