4. Harrison Phillips, Stanford
Career Statistics: 153 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss
Why Harrison Phillips Is Here On The List: Way undersized at 6-4 and 255 pounds for the defensive interior, he makes up for it with brute strength to go along with his quickness.
Now, where do you put him?
He can power through the blockers who take a play off, and he can fly through and past the slower ones who get off the ball in a hurry – and that’s his game. He has to always be moving, always cranks up the motor, and always works – because he has to.
Not the most athletic of defenders, he’s a bit of a mauler who can do just enough to get behind the line. You can’t win with a line full of guys like him, but he can be a productive part of the rotation.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Where in the world – and on the line – does he fit? It’s going to take a specific scheme and a specific idea by some team to figure out where he plays, because he’s not an NFL end, and he’s not an NFL tackle. But …
Bottom Line: He’s a good football player who some GM will want to be a part of the defense no matter what. Take him, throw in into the rotation, and figure it all out. However, he’s a luxury item – he’s not going to be for everyone and will slide to midway through the second round because of it.