Harrison Phillips opts for NFL, more Cardinal to follow

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

One Stanford junior made it official yesterday, as tight end Dalton Schultz declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. The next-level decisions of three more players on the Cardinal roster could be close at hand.

Sources have told me they expect running back Bryce Love, defensive lineman Harrison Phillips and cornerback Quenton Meeks to all announce their future plans by Sunday, and all three may be playing football in the NFL this fall.

Multiple sources tell me Phillips will enter the draft and an announcement is imminent. We first mentioned Phillips' desire to enter the draft during our Stanford preview last August.

Phillips led the Cardinal defense with 103 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. The feisty defensive lineman offers a good deal of scheme versatility and could line up as a conventional tackle, three-technique lineman or defensive end in certain 3-4 alignments.

We presently grade Phillips as an early fourth-round pick. It would not be a surprise to see Phillips at the Senior Bowl later this month.

While it seems Love would be a shoe-in to enter April’s draft, I’m told the record-setting ball carrier enjoys college and wouldn’t mind sticking around for another season at Stanford.

Love finished the year with 2,118 yards on 263 carries, (8.1 yard average) and 19 TDs. Sources expect an announcement from Love by Sunday and feel it’s about 75-25 he enters.

The situation is a little more complex with Meeks, our 10th-rated cornerback who we project as a third-rounder.

The junior will graduate early and has been told by Stanford coaches he could be moved to safety this fall, which may adversely affect his draft stock. He finished last season with 65 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. Meeks may start in nickel packages on Sundays but has the potential to grow into a starter.