Alamo Bowl Football

Harrison Phillips celebrates a Stanford fumble recovery last month in the Alamo Bowl against TCU.


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."

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"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."

The 6-foot-4 Phillips, who was 303 pounds at weigh-ins, is playing for the North team in the Senior Bowl, along with former Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee (6-4, 218) and former Millard North and North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca (6-2, 243). NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter last week ranked Lee at No. 10 among draft prospects with the most riding on their Senior Bowl performance.

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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