As Senior Bowls practices started Tuesday, former Millard West and Stanford standout Harrison Phillips held a solid spot among NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for the 2018 draft.
And at No. 32 overall, it would make the defensive tackle a potential first-round pick in April. A Jeremiah mock draft prior to players reporting at the Senior Bowl had Phillips going No. 26 overall to the Atlanta Falcons.
In his Tuesday breakdown of Phillips, Jeremiah noted his "excellent production and a non-stop motor."
"He dominates against the run. He jolts blockers with a quick, explosive punch before locating the football and collecting tackles. He understands blocking schemes, routinely defeating double-teams with his quickness and awareness. His lateral range is exceptional and he never seems to tire out despite rarely coming off the field."
Jeremiah has Phillips ranked fifth among defensive tackles, behind only Vita Vea of Washington (No. 7 overall), Maurice Hurst of Michigan (No. 21), Da'Ron Payne of Alabama (No. 24) and Taven Bryan of Florida (No. 26). Phillips also is ranked as the No. 5 defensive tackle by Todd McShay of ESPN.
Jeremiah lists Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley at No. 1 overall.
Phillips was an FWAA second-team All-American after leading Stanford with 103 tackles and 17 tackles for losses, along with six quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Phillips last month spoke of the "passion burning" in him to play in the NFL, and then declared for the draft shortly after the Alamo Bowl.
Jeremiah said Phillips needs to improve as a finisher, but added: "Phillips offers immediate value on run downs and I believe he's going to improve as a pass rusher at the next level. He reminds me of Kyle Williams coming out of LSU."
Players reported Sunday before Senior Bowl practices began Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama. The all-star game is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
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2012 — Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest, Nebraska: Started 31 games over four seasons as a Husker linebacker, finishing his career with 232 tackles, including 20 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He had a team-high 93 tackles during his senior year, receiving All-Big Ten honorable mention. Banderas signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent but was released before the preseason.
2012 — Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge, Iowa: Enters his third season as a starter along the Hawkeye defensive line. He recorded 39 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks, as a junior in 2016 while earning All-Big Ten honorable mention.
2012 — Nick DeLuca, Millard North, North Dakota State: Received first-team All-Missouri Valley honors in 2015 but was sidelined after three games in 2016 with a shoulder injury. He returns in 2017 as the only FCS player on the watch list for the Butkus Award — given to the nation’s top linebacker — and was also selected as a team captain.
2012 — Christian LaCouture, Lincoln Southwest, LSU: Enters his third season as a starter on the Tigers’ defensive line after missing all of 2016 with a knee injury. He has 86 career tackles, including eight for loss and 4.5 sacks.
2012 — Mike Minter Jr., Lincoln North Star: Was a heavily recruited prospect before getting dismissed from his high school team one game into his senior season. Minter never went on to play college football.
2012 — Casey Sayles, Omaha North, Ohio: A two-time team captain, Sayles made the All-MAC second team in 2016 after finishing the year with 7.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He signed in April with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent.
2012 — Jake Schlager, McCook, Colorado State: Started 12 of 13 games at safety for the Rams in 2016, recording 72 tackles — first on the team among non-linebackers — an interception and a fumble recovery. He’ll be one of CSU’s defensive leaders as a senior.
2013 — Trey Carr, Omaha Burke, Peru State: After getting dismissed from South Dakota State, Carr landed at Peru State where he handled return duties and played corner, finishing with 31 tackles and four interceptions in 11 games in 2016.
2013 — Jerald Foster, Lincoln Southeast, Nebraska: Suffered a knee injury in fall camp that was expected to keep him out for the entire 2016 season but returned to start the final four games at left guard. He enters 2017 as the starter at that position and a veteran leader on NU’s offensive line.
Luke Gifford, Lincoln Southeast, Nebraska: Entered fall camp in a battle to start at outside linebacker after playing a part in two turnovers during the Husker spring game. He'll have a significant role on the Husker defense in 2017 and has played in 10 games thus far during his career.
2013 — Harrison Phillips, Millard West, Stanford: Rebounded after missing the entire 2015 season due to injury with 46 tackles and 6.5 sacks to earn All-Pac 12 honorable mention as a junior in 2016. A senior leader on Stanford’s defensive line, Phillips appeared on preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award.
2013 — Easton Stick, Omaha Creighton Prep, North Dakota State: Has a 20-2 record as the NDSU starting quarterback. Stick threw for 2,331 yards and 19 touchdowns last season with another 685 rushing yards and seven more scores on the ground. He was selected as a team captain for the 2017 season.
2013 — Mick Stoltenberg, Gretna, Nebraska: Started nine games at defensive tackle for the Huskers as a sophomore in 2016, finishing with 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He entered fall camp as NU’s starting nose tackle.
2014 -- Tanner Borchardt, Gothenburg, Nebraska: Has appeared in nine games over the last two seasons as a walk-on for the Husker men’s basketball team.
2014 — Michael Decker, Omaha North, Nebraska: Appeared in all 13 games during the 2016 season, primarily on special teams and as the backup center. He entered fall camp as the Huskers’ No. 2 center.
2014 — Adam Holtorf, Seward, Kansas State: Saw action in two games as a reserve offensive lineman during his redshirt freshman season in 2016. Holtorf will likely serve in a backup role again in 2017.
2014 — CJ Johnson, Bellevue West, Wyoming: Finished with 21 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2016. He enters 2017 as a projected starter for the Cowboys.
2014 — DaiShon Neal, Omaha Central, Nebraska: Played in nine games in 2016, primarily on special teams and as a reserve defensive lineman. He entered fall camp as a backup defensive end but should compete for playing time in Nebraska’s new 3-4 defense.
2014 — Calvin Strong, Omaha North, Iowa Western: Didn’t play in a game during two years at South Dakota, then signed with Iowa Western in February.
2015 — Jared Bubak, Lincoln Christian, Arizona State: Redshirted his first season with the Sun Devils and enters 2017 expected to be a backup tight end.
2015 — Noah Fant, Omaha South, Iowa: Played in 11 games for the Hawkeyes as a true freshman, catching nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. He’s expected to have a bigger role in the Iowa offense in 2017.
2015 — Nick Lenners, Lincoln Southwest, Kansas State: Redshirted in 2016 and will compete for playing time as a tight end and on special teams this season.
2015 — Jacob Matthew, Millard North, South Dakota: Redshirted in 2016 and is listed as a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker on the USD roster.
2015 — Gavin Rush, Aurora, Wyoming: Started every game at left guard as a true freshman in 2016. He moved to center during spring practices and is the projected starter at that position for 2017.
2015 — Ben Stille, Ashland-Greenwood, Nebraska: Redshirted in 2016 and is playing defensive end in Nebraska’s new 3-4 defense.
2016 — Austin Allen, Aurora, Nebraska: The 6-foot-8 tight end enters his first year with the Huskers after being the highest-ranked recruit in the state for his class.
2016 — Patrick Arnold, Gretna, Wyoming: Entering his freshman year as a center at Wyoming. He spent time practicing with the first-team offensive line in the early days of fall camp.
2016 — Jaylin Bradley, Bellevue West, Nebraska: Impressed the Husker coaches in the early practices of fall camp with a chance to compete for carries in the NU backfield as a true freshman.
2016 — Tyler Ciurej, Bellevue West, South Dakota: Entering his freshman season as an interior offensive lineman for the Coyotes.
2016 — Brett Kitrell, Ashland-Greenwood, Ohio: Originally committed to Minnesota but flipped to Ohio after a coaching change with the Gophers. He’s listed as an offensive lineman on the Bobcats’ roster.
2016 — Noah Vedral, Wahoo Neumann, Central Florida: Under the tutelage of former Husker quarterback Scott Frost, who is now the head coach of the Golden Knights.