The Miami Dolphins traded back in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, picking up two fifth-round picks from the Philadelphia Eagles, while sending them their sixth-round selection. After the move, Miami added defensive tackle Jordan Phillips out of Oklahoma to the roster, using the 52nd overall selection on the Sooners player.
To get a better look at Phillips, I went over to SB Nation's Oklahoma blog, Crimson and Cream Machine, to see what they had to say about the big defensive tackle.
Phillips, a Kansas native, has tremendous size (6-5/329 lbs) and a unique skill-set that could turn him into a huge steal as the 52nd pick in the draft.
While he only played one full season at Oklahoma after injuring his back in the 2013 season, Phillips made a huge difference in the running game this past season up front. His massive size and talent made him hard to guard, which is how he earned seven tackles for loss in 13 games. But many scouts are saying that the biggest upside of Phillips is that he still has quite a bit of potential that remains untapped, making him an interesting prospect.
The ironic thing is that scouts were worried about Phillip's motivation to play football, and the Dolphins decided to place him right next to one of the most motivated and hyped up football players in the league. But then again, I'm not too sure any Sooner looked motivated to play defense last season.
Phillips will in my opinion be a huge boom or bust player. He has all the potential in the world to anchor a 3-4 defense at nose guard for a decade, but he will need to continue to improve and put in the work necessary to see his NFL career live up to his potential.
Phillips entered the college ranks with an athleticism rarely seen from a 6'5 329-pound player while the coaching staff reluctantly watched him perform standing backflips. After a redshirt season, the Kansas native emerged as a playmaker and force to be reckoned with in the middle of the defensive line. But a back injury sidelined the star in the making and left fans with questions of, "would Phillips return as a shell of his former self?"
Fortunately for a defense that struggled against the run in his absence, Phillips returned in 2014 to lead a rushing defense that gave up 15 touchdowns on the season along with 3.02 yards per attempt. Starting all 13 games, the tackle was named to the All-Conference 2nd Team. Yet, questions of health and experience follow the NFL hopeful.