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With the 106th overall selection in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Mississippi State offensive guard Tyre Phillips.
Phillips emerged as one of the nation’s top offensive tackles in 2019. Over his Mississippi State career, Phillips saw appearances in 26 games, starting in 13 of them as a left tackle. At then next level, however, Phillips’ best fit is as an offensive guard.
Tyre Phillips’ best trait is his power. At 6-5, 342 pounds, Phillips creates power and drives defensive ends and defensive tackles away from the point of attack. Along with his power, Phillips is long and lengthy with a mean streak in the run game. Phillips is simply a mauler, with violent hands and insane power.
Phillips wins in a phone booth but does not win laterally. Th the lacisk of speed is expected for someone who is 342 pounds and likely an offensive guard at the next level. Phillips likely will not win against twitchy or athletic rushers, but against players who match up well with him.
Phillips has to move inside to guard. Once he does that, the ability is there. He isn’t an immediate starter. With proper development, he could turn into a nice complementary piece on any offensive line who desires a player with his power.
What the Analysts Say
Big, bruising body mover with serious knock-back power to clear the debris from the gaps in the run game. Phillips has flown under the radar, but his tape is filled with fits of strength at the point of attack. His wide frame includes a wide power zone that prevents his edges from becoming leaky. He fits into power, gap scheme and inside zone as a run blocker, but outside zone is asking too much. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Ravens are taking a major risk on a player like Phillips. With all of his starts coming as a left tackle, the expected move inside may be a challenge in the beginning. However, the Ravens won’t expect Phillips to start, which will allow him time to develop into a quality offensive guard.
With that proper development, the power could push him into an offensive linemen who is making big-time plays for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ offense.