Fill Up the Line: Defensive Lineman Jordan Phillips To Solidify Run-Defense for Miami in 2015
The Miami Dolphins select the best player available, and make Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips their man with the 52nd overall pick in the draft.
The Miami Dolphins have spent years building their roster, and have finally put themselves in a position to select the best player on the board when they are on the clock. The Dolphins exercised this privilege, selecting Jordan Phillips, a defensive lineman from Oklahoma. Phillips is a player that many experts believe has first round talent, with coachable problems that kept him from going in round one.
Defensive Lineman- Oklahoma
6’5- 329 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 5.27 sec.
Bench Press: 28 Reps
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Broad Jump: 8’9″
2012: Played in 11 Games
2013: Slated to Start, Season-Ending Back Surgery
2014: Started All 13 Games
2014: Named Second Team All-Big 12
Jordan Phillips is a dominant player against the run, due to his size and surprising movement skills. Phillips’ size allows him to occupy multiple blockers, and free up other defenders to penetrate for big plays. While his size and strength are important to his game another important element of Phillips’ play is his athleticism, which allows him to create havoc in the backfield. He is not a dominant block shedder like Ndamukong Suh or Geno Atkins, but he does have the ability to beat a guard, occasionally on passing plays.
One of the more impressive elements of Phillips’ game is his ability to decide where the runner is attacking. He is a strong gap reader, and is reactive as he watches a play develop. Jordan Phillips will be a great addition for the team when paired with Ndamukong Suh, and can help make an already impressive defensive line even more dangerous next season.
The consensus on Jordan Phillips seems to be that he would disappear for stretches of time due to a lack of motor. This could be a problem, especially playing under the hot South Florida sun, but he also will have the luxury of rotating. He played too many snaps at Oklahoma, so it makes sense to take him as a rotational defensive tackle.
Another obvious knock on Phillips is his lack of ability as a pass rusher. This is a problem on third downs, but I think that the Miami Dolphins have a decent enough pass rusher on the inside of the defensive line. In the end it will come down to effort, and if Jordan Phillips can keep his weight down and put in enough consistent effort on a play-to-play basis. If he can do that, Phillips will be a very impressive pick for the Miami Dolphins.
The Big Picture:
The Miami Dolphins simply selected the best player on the board. Overall, the team has had a solid draft, but needs to be very calculated on day 3. Jordan Phillips is a very good pick in the second round, and has very correctable flaws. The Dolphins struggled to stop the run in 2015, which makes selecting Phillips a no-brainer, and a huge help for a team with their sights set on having one of the NFL’s top-5 defense. Overall, if his motor improves and he can improve stamina and consistency, he will be a massive contributor with Ndamukong Suh in the middle of the Miami Dolphins’ vaunted 2015 defense.