— The Sports Xchange —
Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips announced through social media on Thursday that he will enter the NFL draft.
Phillips posted a long letter on his Twitter account announcing his decision, and he ended with this message:
“Thank you indefinitely to everyone involved along the way. This is my DREAM! I cannot express my excitement right now. I’m declaring for the 2018 NFL draft!”
NFLDraftScout.com rates Phillips as the No. 34 overall prospect in the NFL Draft, but its mock draft has him projected to go in the first round with the 23rd overall pick.
Phillips recently completed his senior year for Stanford, but he was eligible for one more college season because he sustained a season-ending ACL injury in the first game of the 2015 season.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Phillips, who played primarily at defensive tackle but could also play defensive end, led the Cardinal with 103 tackles, a high number for an interior lineman. He also finished with 17 tackles for loss while earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors as well as AP All-America third-team recognition.