As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips.
Position: Defensive tackle
High school: Circlie, Towanda, Kan.
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance first team in 2010. Had 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks, an interception and caught 17 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns (plus two rushing TDs) in 2010. He also was the punter and had a 36.9-yard average.
Height, weight: 6-5, 329 pounds
By the numbers: After recovering from a back injury that limited him to four games in 2013, started all 13 games last season and had 20 unassisted tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks.
Draft positives: Massive presence. Tall, long, and functionally thick. Quick out of his stance and makes the offensive line react to him. Can get his hands on the blocker and control the engagement. Quickness to either side, moves well laterally. Hard hitter, can forcefully pound a ballcarrier in to the ground. Has such a wide reach, can close a hole fast.
Draft negatives: Limited athlete in space. Does not pursue well to the outside. Ballcarriers can outrun his angles. Will play high out of his stance, exposing his numbers to the blockers. Lacks an array of refined pass-rush moves.
Projection: Round 2/3
What he says: “There’s no problem with my back. (I’m) 100 percent, ready to go.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com