2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Harrison Phillips
Position: Defensive Tackle
Harrison Phillips played in 6 games as a freshman. Suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the opening game and took a redshirt in 2015. Played 12 games as a sophomore. Voted a 2017 team captain. Started 14 games as a junior. Phillips was an All-State high school wrestler in Nebraska before enrolling at Stanford. FWAA All-America second team, AP All-America third team, All-Pac-12 first team all in 2017.
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Phillips is a run stopper first and foremost. The Cardinals could use another run stopper. Why? Depth is always a good thing and last season showed how the run defense struggles with Corey Peters injured. Phillips isn’t a straight swap for Peters, but he is a capable backup who can play in run situations. He is a stout lineman who finds a way to make an impact. For a middle round pick, Phillips would be a tremendous asset.
Phillips is excellent against the run. He is able to anchor himself in a spot and stack up blockers. Does a great job of engaging and throwing blockers when pursuing the ball carrier. Seems to always be around the ball and consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Incredible strength and able to collapse the pocket by pushing blocker backwards. More than held his own against Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. Showed explosion in production from sophomore to junior year and became a team leader.
He struggles with double teams. Needs to play with a lower center of gravity and pad level. Not particularly explosive which shows in pass rush. Needs to develop pass rush moves and plan for pass rush. Will need to be more consistent with arm extension to disengage blockers. Struggles to move laterally or in a sudden change of direction. Will initially be used exclusively against the run early in career.