When Andrew Griffin and Dan Lavoie went to the NFL Scouting Combine this year, they were able to interview Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. Almost immediately after conducting the interview, both Dan and Grif noted just how much Phillips seemed to fit the culture that head coach Sean McDermott is in the process (see what I did there?) of building in Buffalo.
In the latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” series, we examine a rookie who seems to fit the Buffalo Bills perfectly.
Name: Harrison Phillips
Height/Weight: 6’3” 307 lbs.
Draft: Drafted in the third round (96th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Phillips signed a four-year rookie contract that will pay him a total of $3,342,040. For 2018, he carries a cap hit of $673,760.
2017 Recap: Phillips was a monster as a senior at Stanford. Not only did he set career-highs in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (7.5), but he was in on an astounding 98 total tackles. For a defensive tackle, that’s absolutely incredible. He was voted first-team All-Pac 12 for his efforts, and he was a finalist for the Bobby Bowden Award, which celebrates an athlete’s commitment to good character, leadership, and citizenship.
Positional outlook: Phillips projects as a reserve during his first season in Buffalo, and Dan Lavoie suggests that he may not actually be a perfect fit for the depth chart in terms of covering future weaknesses (he may be better suited as a backup to Star Lotulelei than Kyle Williams). He will fight for time behind the aforementioned duo with Adolphus Washington, Tenny Palepoi, and Ricky Hatley.
2018 Offseason: Phillips has been participating in offseason team activities, and he looks to be progressing well. He has headed the second wave of interior defensive linemen as expected. He also photobombed a couple’s wedding photo shoot, which was happening outside of New Era Field when he was leaving the team facility with fellow rookie Josh Allen.
2018 season outlook: Phillips will be an important part of Buffalo’s defense in 2018, and hopefully for many years to come. He is as close to a lock to make the roster as there is, and he is the rookie whose role is easiest to predict right off the bat, as well. With Lotulelei never having played more than 65.7% of his team’s snaps (and he’s only played over 60% of his team’s snaps once), Phillips is sure to see some quality time as a rookie.