The Bills seem to seal themselves a steal in the draft almost every year. It was very shocking to see them get Tremaine Edmunds at #16 instead of Edmunds being drafted in the top ten as he was projected to be. After the Edmunds pick, the Bills did not have a second round pick, and waited and waited and waited for pick #96 in the third round.
With that pick, after Fred Jackson and Andre Reed honored Ezra Castro, a.k.a “Pancho Billa” and allowed Castro to announce the pick and Phillips name was on the card.
What Exactly Does Phillips Bring To Buffalo?
For starters, he helps upgrade the Bills run defense from last season in a major way. For this season, he’ll more than likely start out as a rotational player but will get playing time for sure. With Kyle Williams possibly being in his last year with the Bills, Phillips can learn a lot from the Bills captain.
He’ll play along side with Williams and newly acquired defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. He may not bring much in the passing game when it comes to bringing pressure, but he can create a mess in the pocket and stuff the run. A big thing about Phillips playing this year is that he’ll be able to hold the front of the pocket and not allow opposing quarterbacks to step in the pocket. If Phillips holds his ground, Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy, two scary pass rushers, the Bills defense can contain opposing offenses’.
In his career at Stanford, Phillips stocked up 153 tackles and 16.5 sacks. The one big key to Phillips game is that he had 29 tackles that went for a loss.
While he may not be an immediate impactful player right from the start, or even in his first season with the Bills, he has a high ceiling to grow as a player and become a dominant force for the Bills. He’s in a great system under Sean McDermott and has the resourceful players around him to improve his game.
Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Bills coverage.