ON THE CLOCK: Jordan Phillips

Ultra-disruptive defensive tackle is a fringe first round pick

The 2015 NFL Draft is on the horizon. For a handful of Sooners, there’s a chance to have their name called during the three-day stretch starting on April 30.

There have been 33 players from Oklahoma drafted since 2009, and the Sooners have the fifth-highest percentage of starters – with more than one year as a starter – drafted into the NFL (38 percent) in that same time period.

There are some Sooners looking to follow in those footsteps in this year’s draft.

-------------- Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips --------------

Phillips has the unfortunate circumstance of being a member of one of the deepest and best positions in the NFL Draft this season. As a result, he’s barely even in the top five at his position.

There aren’t many bodies as big as Phillips, who measures out at 6-foot-5 and 329 pounds. The Broncos have shown recent interest with the departure of their starting nose tackle (scroll down to see who it is), and it’s tough not to see Green Bay having interest in Phillips. The Packers aren’t long from losing their top two nose tackles, B.J. Raji included, and just brought on Jerry Montgomery – a great mentor for Phillips.

New England just lost Vince Wilfork. The Lions have a reason to select Phillips with the departure of Ndamukong Suh. Even the Ravens and the Saints are options.

With that many teams looking at the big defensive tackle, it’s not hard to see him sneak into the back end of the first round with a team trading up to get him.

Now Trending: ⇈ At some point, Phillips was considered to be a first-round pick then dropped out of the first round by most standards – because that’s what happens in the NFL Draft. He seems to be back up there with teams in need of a 3-4 anchor.

Closest NFL player comparison: Terrance Knighton, Washington - While Phillips might not be as big as Knighton, he can be just as disruptive. He’s almost as big. Knighton is another one of those guys who had his motor questioned but obviously just cashed in with a big payday. Dontari Poe is a solid comparison, too. Phillips has to prove that he doesn’t have those players negative traits.

Sooners’ Illustrated’s final, fun yet oddly exact NFL Draft prediction:

First Round – 30th overall to Green Bay Packers


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