Philon's selections makes it four defensive Hogs in this draft. What would have been the odds on that back in August?
Darius Philon was a total surprise signee back in 2012 after he woke up believing he'd sign with Alabama and never visiting Fayetteville, but a numbers crunch sent him away from Tuscaloosa and up to The Hill for three years. Philon redshirted in 2012 but made a huge impact in 2013 and 2014. His impact was significant enough that he was able to declare after his redshirt sophomore season and get drafted.
Here's what Josh Goforth wrote for his NFL Draft profile on Philon:
Career at Arkansas
Redshirt Season 2012: Worked on scout team and added 20 lbs and more strength. Minimal John L. Smith influence proved to be good for him.
Freshmen Season 2013: Philon played in all 12 games and started the last five. He recorded 46 tackles, including 9.0 for loss with 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. Named All SEC- Freshmen Team, Athlon Freshman All-American (Second Team).
Sophomore Season 2014: Started all 13 games, racked up 46 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. earned All-SEC 2nd team honors.
Philon has above average skills as an interior pass rusher using his quick burst to get into the backfield consistently. He relies on leverage and speed on the inside to pursue ball carries and scrambling quarterbacks in the pocket.
At Arkansas he used quickness in stunts and twists from a 3 technique or wider in most cases. Philon posseses skills of a DE at the tackle position, which is invaluable against faster paced offenses.
Philon was a big part of the success for the Arkansas defense in 2014 and leaves a void in the middle. At the next level he will be a guy who is versatile enough to stay on the field against multiple personnel groupings and provide that interior rush that many teams are looking to add.
Philon will fit into a 4-3 scheme as the quick DT in the NFL. Played against the best Offensive Lines in the nation and showed steady production in his two seasons. Has the potential to add weight and mold his body at the NFL level while maintaining the same quickness. Whatever team lands Philon will be getting a high energy defensive lineman to add to their roster.
NFL.com projects Philon to be drafted in 4th round.