by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert

Harrison Phillips-DT-Stanford

Size –6′ 3″ –  307 lbs – 5.21 40 yard dash (verified)

Strong Points –Adequate size, very strong. Aggressive and goes all out every play. Quick to react and is consistently around the ball. Best versus the run. Knows how to use his hands. Can handle a double team. Strong in the lower body and can anchor versus double teams. Makes plays on effort. Marginally good athlete. Should be scheme versatile.

Weak Points –Size to play in the nose. Lacks speed and a burst. May be just a two down player at the next level. Not a top athlete and a bit mechanical.

Summation –Guys like this are fun to grade. Harrison doesn’t have a special trait other than his aggressiveness, strength and top competitive nature but he comes to play on every down. Plays on the nose or as a DT for Stanford. As tough as they come with quick reactions. Quick off the ball to get penetration and disrupt the run game. While not overly big he can hold the point and handle double teams. Has quick hands, can shed quickly and is a good two gap player. Pass rush production comes on effort not athleticism as he is just a marginally good athlete with some quickness and balance. I see him as a rotational player at the next level. Can play in any scheme and get snaps on the nose, either DT position and even as a 5-tech. You will want a better athlete but he makes up for it with his hustle and determination. A day two selection who the coaches will love. Players like this have very solid careers. More suited to play on the nose for Bills but may be able to get some snaps at the 3 as long as it’s not full time.

Greg Gabriel

Gabriel has spent most of his adult life as an evaluator for various NFL clubs. He started his career in 1991 working for the Buffalo Bills as a part time scout under dormer Bills Director of Player Personnel Norm Pollom. He left the Bills in June 1984 to become the Great Lakes area scout for National Football Scouting. Following the 1984 season, Gabriel joined the New York Giants as their Midwest area scout and was promoted to Director of Player Development in 1996. The Giants went to three Super Bowls and won two during Gabriel’s time with the club.

Following the Giants appearance versus the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, Greg became Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears under General Manager Jerry Angelo. He held that position until June of 2010. During his time with Chicago, the Bears won three Division titles and the 2006 NFC Championship. In his nine Drafts with the Bears, the team drafted 12 future Pro Bowl performers such perennial Pro Bowler Matt Forte, Tommie Harris, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.

In the 2012 – 2013 season, Gabriel was a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles Scouting Department and has since done some small scouting roles for various NFL clubs.

Since leaving the NFL Gabriel has been a contributor for the National Football Post, the Bleacher Report and more recently Pro Football Weekly. He also is both a writer and contributor for WSCR (670the Score) in Chicago. The last three years he has authored the Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide.
Gabriel grew up in Amherst and is a 1974 graduate of Canisius College where he was a member of the football team. He and his wife Robin currently resides in the Chicago area.

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