All eyes on DGB, Phillips who have been labeled boom-or-bust
The NFL Scouting Combine begins Friday, and there are eight Sooners scheduled to participate, hoping to increase their stock for the NFL Draft in the final days of April.
It’ll be a big day for everyone.
Every second clocked, every rep counted: This is a chance for players to rise or to fall.
This is the next step for college football players. Nearly every player drafted by the NFL has been invited to the combine.
It’s time to nitpick.
Sooners Illustrated looks at the defensive players and underclassmen here:
Jordan Phillips, DT (6-foot-6, 334 pounds)
What they’re saying: Big frame, long arms, athletic in the lower body, explosive off the line and has feet of a player much lighter than himself. He can even add a little bit of muscle that would help in block shedding, probably his lone weakness physically. Phillips is starting to gain the reputation of a player who can disappear for long stretches of games – whether it is his motor or scheme. That shows up in his form off the line, which can be too high at times. Still, he’s the perfect NFL nose tackle.
What he needs to do: It’s always been a motor issue with Phillips, and it will be tough to prove that he has one at the combine. Phillips has never been one lacking commitment, but he comes across as calm – almost to the point of a faux laziness. That’s something he’ll have to fight because NFL teams won’t settle for a one-down player in the first round, which is where Phillips is predicted to go.
When he’s up: Sunday
Key drill: Bench press. Phillips’ quickness off the line is well documented, and that swim move he has is lethal. Teams will want to see if he has the strength to get separation.
Draft round ceiling Mid-first round. Phillips seems like a lock at the end of the first round, but if he can prove he has the motor, he could go earlier.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR (6-foot-6, 220 pounds)
Look at his measurables. Who wouldn’t want this type of player? Green-Beckham can change the game. He eats up cushion with his long stride and possesses an incredible catch radius. Green-Beckham is everything a NFL team wants in a potential Pro Bowl receiver. He would have been special with the Sooners, but that’s something no one will ever know.