Harrison Phillips could be a great fit for Denver Broncos

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 7: Offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 7: Offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva /

2018 Senior Bowl: Stanford DL Harrison Phillips has been excellent this week, and is proving he could be a great fit for the Denver Broncos…

If Denver Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar is going to be pounding the table for any players he’s coaching in this year’s Senior Bowl group, he’s going to have a tough time picking just one.

The Broncos are coaching a very fun group of defensive linemen at this year’s Senior Bowl, including Stanford’s Harrison Phillips.

Phillips is a Nebraska native and came to Stanford as a 255-pound defensive end. They morphed him into a force on the defensive line, able to play the four and five technique (3-4 defensive end) positions and this past year playing him a lot around the center and guard as the one or two technique.

It was a successful transition for Phillips, who utilized his speed and quickness on the interior along with his newfound strength and base to 98 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks this year.

Phillips is a very physical, aggressive, tenacious player who has most certainly caught the eye of Kollar, the Broncos’ defensive line guru who has done an incredible job of developing the talent he’s currently got on the Broncos line.

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Kollar’s work in Denver has made him one of the most beloved assistant coaches on the team, and he’s taken to Phillips a little bit. Or perhaps a lot.

Phillips has been seeking Kollar’s counsel between reps on the field, and is getting coached up on his technique.

Right now, some have Phillips projected as a first round pick. No one thinks he’s getting out of day two. If the Broncos hold true to form, he could very well be an option with their second round pick. If they go with a quarterback or offensive lineman in round one, it’s possible they will look to the defensive side of the ball with their second round pick and Phillips would be an excellent building block for the interior defensive line.

He’s also capable of kicking out and playing end like I mentioned before, so this is a versatile player that played in a scheme in college similar to what the Broncos run. The fit seems obvious, but is the timing right?

The Broncos may have to make it so.