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2018 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills select Stanford DT Harrison Phillips at pick 96

Phillips is a Sean McDermott guy through and through

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

With the 96th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have picked Stanford DT Harrison Phillips. Great value, heir to Kyle Williams, and a guy some had projected in the first round, Phillips had the most bench press reps at the 2018 NFL Combine. Awesome.

“Phillips played as a nose tackle at Stanford, taking on multiple blockers and establishing the line of scrimmage in a similar fashion to the way the Bills will use Star Lotulelei,” says Dan Lavoie. “He’s a surprisingly good athlete, and had enough range to record 100 tackles as a senior, so there may be some upside as a pass rusher. He’s an incredibly dedicated, smart, hardworking, genial individual who will instantly win over everyone he talks with.”

Brandon Beane echoed those sentiments in his press conference, saying Phillips is a 1-tech like Lotulelei and not a 3-tech like Williams.

Lavoie spoke with Phillips at the Senior Bowl in January, and came away impressed with the lineman.

“As much as any player could feel like a lock this early in the NFL Draft process... After speaking with Harrison Phillips, he seems like an ideal Buffalo Bill,” tweeted Lavoie.

Phillips is a former wrestling champion and oozes the hard-nosed mentality Bills head coach Sean McDermott loves.

He is going to be one of your favorites, Bills fans.


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