This film analysis was completed by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
When I heard that the Miami Dolphins drafted University of Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips with the 52nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, I did a back flip. I didn’t actually do a back-flip because even though I am a 5’11 and reasonably athletic and in shape (stop laughing if you know me), I would probably be typing this report from a hospital bed if I attempted. I bring this up because Phillips, a 6’5 and 350 pound man, is so athletic he can do a back-flip.
Of course, the Dolphins did not draft Phillips because of his gymnastic prowess, but because he has the potential to be a beast in the middle of the defense for many years. He has the ability take on two blockers on run plays and crash the pocket on pass plays. I love the move because we invested a king’s ransom in Ndamukong Suh. This will give him a chance to draw a single blocker or make the other team pay for doubling him up. Pick your poison. Not only can Phillips and Suh wreak havoc, they will provide the linebacker core - especially the insider linebacker - a chance to play clean and run free. This will turn average linebacker play into at least above average.
Now, you might be asking yourself why Phillips fell to the second round if he is this good. That's because there are concerns about effort, technique, and a back injury. Phillips’ effort level isn’t as poor as scouts say but he does need to work on technique. I really hope Suh can take him under his wing and teach him how to play like a professional.
I don’t really like to compare players with other players, but based only on game film, Phillips’ floor is Albert Haynesworth (on the field) and his ceiling is Dontari Poe. I can live with that range. I am excited to have him on the Dolphins as he adds valuable depth to a shallow position. Phillips has potential to be a wrecking ball to the opposing offenses. With great coaching and focus, he can be one of the steals of this draft.
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