Prediction: Phillips will go in the second round. The New Orleans Saints currently have three nose tackles on the roster. Brodrick Bunkley (31), John Jenkins (25) and Lawrence Virgil (24). And lost Tyrunn Walker during free agency. The other pure nose tackle before Phillips is Danny Shelton who may be gone by the time the Saints chose at number 13. So if they are ready to reinforce the nose tackle position in the second round, this would be the choice for someone to come into the rotation.
Draft Profile of Jordan Phillips
Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle
Came out early for draft. Massive frame with long arms. Good overall weight distribution. Athletic lower body for a man his size. Can be explosive. 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. Has an effective swim move. Athletic with nimble feet and pursuit speed of a man much lighter. Can knock centers back into quarter back with his power. First rate space eater tying up two men, allowing linebacker to penetrate.
“He has the body type and length to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 front, but there is no reason to move him from the nose. If he gets that motor going, he could be a dominant pro.” — AFC North scout
Should play with bette knee bend and lower pad level. Uses strength instead of technique and can become a top-heavy wrestler not using leverage correctly. Not effective as pass rusher. Doesn’t have consistent bull rush. Consistency of motor could be improved. Disappears for stretches. Had back surgery in 2013 but came back the next year to play all games. Tremendous upside but only really played one full college season. Needs refinement.
NFL COMPARISON: Terrance Knighton and Dontari Poe
The following is a composite of several draft reports on this prospect. Our sources were CBSSports, NFL, Mike Detillier, Mike Loyko and OurLads.