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.
“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.
New Bills DT Harrison Phillips told me at the Senior Bowl: "I kind of say the saying that my position is like the fire hydrant at the dog show. You're the guy in the middle right there and everyone's kind of coming up and pissing on you."— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) April 28, 2018
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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