Philip is a powerful defensive tackle with excellent quickness and strength off the ball. He has very quick hands and uses them to easily get by an offensive lineman when he is rushing the passer. Philip does not just push the pocket. He rushes the passer like a locomotive steam down the tracks. There is no stopping this kid once he flies off the line of scrimmage and into the backfield. He does an equally competent job stuffing the run and being used on the nose in a 2-gap system. He has the athleticism to be used in any style defensive front and will do well in a 2-gap or 1-gap system. If you get by Philip at the line of scrimmage, he will run you down. He trails you, then waits for the runner to hesitate before he makes his burst to get the tackle. Philip is very smart and is one of the best defensive lineman that I have seen coming out of college that locates the ball and identifies a play as quickly as he does. This is so important to a defensive lineman because understanding what an offense is trying to do is the key to defending them during a game. Philip has the same skill level to play his position at the next level as Haloti Ngata (DT Ravens) who was the 12th pick of the 2006 draft.
This kid is as big as a tractor, but he moves a lot better. He is not going to change direction very well and lacks lateral agility. Philip also has some physical stamina issues, but since most defensive linemen are rotated, this is an issue of little concern. Philip will need to control his weight. If he can do this, he will stay away from injuries and be on the field longer to impact before he needs a rest. He has some technique issues defending in the running game, but all of this is pointless. Just draft the kid, add an impact player to your defensive front and then... coach him to a Pro Bowl!
At the time of the 2006 draft, I listed Haloti Ngata in my personal top 10. When my favorite team in the NFL passed on him, I finally understood the pain of childbirth. I literally fell to the ground with stomach pains so severe I imagined that this must be the same pain that a woman has when giving birth. I have never recovered from that draft. Every time I see that team play without the ability to stop the run or rush the passer from the defensive front four, I just shake my head and wonder why. When Philip gets moving forward, he is a load to handle. This is partly due to his size, but it's also because of excellent hand technique. He does not allow offensive linemen to get a hold of him until he has a step or two on them. In nature, we hear and feel the thunder and then we see the lightning strike. Playing against Philip is the opposite. Philip can stuff the run and is smart. When that third down comes, Philip strikes like lightning with his hands, gets by the offensive lineman and then....trying to stop him from getting to the QB is like trying to stop thunder. All you can do is get out of the way and hide. This kid will force more QB's at the next level into bad passes on third and long because he thunders towards them. They will feel him and see him and believe me, it will take a lot to just move in the pocket calmly and throw the ball rather than trying to get the ball off before he hits them. Every team in the NFL needs this kid on their defensive line. Nobody should be looking past him to some other defensive lineman. If your team has one of the best defenses in the NFL, then you have an excuse to pass on this kid and select another player. Otherwise, shame on your draft management team if they pass on this kid. I call him Philip (Tractor) Taylor because he will do all the hard work on your defensive line and, like a farmer needs his tractor to plow the fields, your team will need Philip to plow the offensive line and work the football field.
The BS Detector
Drew Boylhart Jan/11