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For most defensive fronts, the nose tackle role is designed to occupy blocks and clog interior gaps. This is a high-impact, but low-production position.
Phillips didn't receive that memo, because in his final season at Stanford, he was a high-impact, high-production zero technique, leading the Cardinal with 103 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Phillips has a track record of overachieving in anything he does. As a high school wrestler, he went 31-0 and was the 2013 Junior National Heavyweight champion. Graduated from Stanford early with two degrees -- sociology and science, technology and society.
Anchoring the middle of Stanford's three-man front, Phillips holds his ground at the point of attack, using long arms and strong hands to lock out and control blocks. He is quick to read the backfield action to track the run, work off contact and pursue the ballcarrier. When he reads pass, Phillips doesn't waste time in hand fights but uses a bull rush to squeeze quarterbacks to move their feet.
Phillips shows various grappling techniques from his wrestling background, but tends to let his pads rise at contact, negating leverage and power. Strengths far out-weigh the weaknesses in his game. Relentless effort to beat blockers to the spot or crash the intended path of ballcarriers. Whether in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, Phillips will be a welcomed addition for any NFL front.
--Field Level Media