Combine Results

5.86 ?
  • 5.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 42 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands


Phillips' background as the 2013 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year and a junior wrestling champion is exactly what NFL scouts are looking for. Add in the play he's put on tape over the past couple of seasons and it was no surprise when he decided to leave school early for the NFL. Phillips played in six games as a reserve in his first year on the Farm (nine tackles, two sacks). He missed all but one game of the 2015 season, unfortunately, because of a knee injury suffered in the season opener. The following year, Phillips garnered honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors after starting 12 games, making 46 stops, 9.5 for loss, and 6.5 sacks. Amazingly, he led Stanford in tackles (103, 17 for loss, 7.5 sacks, as well as two forced fumbles) from the interior as a junior in 2017, which led the Associated Press to vote him third-team All-American. Phillips was also first-team all-conference and named a member of the America Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.



Thick boned, burly frame. Not the greatest athlete, but makes a ton of plays. Extremely high tackle count this season for interior defender. Three-time high school state wrestling champ with strong core and power to torque blockers from his hips. Plays square and against double teams and can recover and anchor. Quality edge setter. Can peek-a-boo either gap to follow the runner. Background as scrambler in wrestling makes it hard for offensive linemen to finish their blocks against him. Active and determined. Able to drive upfield through angle blocks and alter the run lane. Uses basic but effective spin move to disengage from clutter. Pocket pusher who can force quarterback to move his feet. Arm over move can give him early access to quarterback against single blocks.


Has build of a guard. Has higher center of gravity than most nose guards. Plays too straight-legged robbing him of base width and balance. Finds himself on the ground too often. More active than athletic. Looks plodding in lateral movement and change of direction. Unable to sink and shift with adequate change of direction. Quick lineman can cross his face and find positioning to wall him off. Lacks a plan as a rusher. Can get better with using hands as rush weapons. Secondary rush can get bogged down.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"I'm kind of surprised at how high the media scout types are on him. Where do you play him? Loses balance which makes nose tough and he doesn’t have athleticism to play with three-technique. But I get that he makes a bunch of plays and he's obviously a strong guy. I just see him as a day three player." -- NFC West Coast scout

NFL Comparison

Ryan Glasgow

Bottom Line

Phillips plays a little upright and looks more like a guard than nose, but he definitely has the leverage and power to play to anchor and muddy the run game waters. Phillips has a feel for blocking schemes and is able to handle down blocks and double teams while allow linebackers to flow to the ball. As a former wrestler, he's a natural scrambler with non-traditional ways of finding the football and finding the quarterback. He has early starter potential and could find snaps on passing downs as well.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster