NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle options for Detroit Lions

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Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

Oct 4, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (80) celebrates a turnover against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Phillips is a BIG man, measuring up at 6-5 and 329 pounds.  He only put up 38 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks.

He can take on double teams well, which opened up gaps for the linebackers on his Sooner squad to get into the backfield.  Phillips was also effective in putting pressure in the backfield and stopping the run.

He’s purely a nose tackle, who would most likely fit well in a 3-4 defense.  He’s athletic enough to take on that role, and paired up with a player like Ngata, can be effective in 4-3 defense.

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  • The only problem is that he was injury prone in his career with Oklahoma.

    Last season was his only season in his career that he played all 13 games.  This disconcerting, as Phillips has a great physique whose ability has the chance to be a pretty good NFL starter at defensive tackle.

    He also needs to become a better pass rusher and needs to become more consistent when rushing the quarterback.

    That aside, Phillips could become a solid player under the right defensive coaching (like the rest of these guys).  As for the Lions, he has the potential to team up with Ngata and dominate the front line.

    Phillips would likely be a first round pick, but could drop to the second round because of the injuries he’s had over his career in Norman.  Other than that, with some coaching and guidance to teach him how to use his body and to become a better pass rusher, Phillips could be a decent option for the Lions in the first round.