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5 things to know about Bills third-round pick Harrison Phillips

The Bills selected Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips 96th overall with their lone pick of Day Two. Here are five things to know about him:

1. He was a high school wrestler.

Of course Bills coach Sean McDermott loved the high school wrestler, right? Phillips is a three-time high school state wrestling champion from Omaha, Neb. and was a 2013 Junior National heavyweight champion. Bills GM Brandon Beane said he does ask linemen if they ever wrestled because he believes it helps with leverage. Phillips is listed at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds.

"The first time I met Coach McDermott he tried to hit an outside-single on me (a type of wrestling takedown) and knocked a water bottle out of my hand," Phillips said on a conference call with Buffalo reporters. "I was unprepared for that, but if we ever have a Round 2 I'll be ready."

2. He was a top player left on the board.

Phillips was ranked 43rd overall in the News' draft cheat sheet, which was a composite ranking from NFL.com, ESPN and NFLDraftScout.com. NFL.com gave him a Round 3 grade, so the Bills got value by getting him with the 32nd pick of the round. Phillips said he wrote the Bills a letter before the draft, essentially saying, "I'm ready to bring my lunch pail to work everyday and I'm ready to do anything they need me to do in that organization."

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3. He was wildly productive in college.

Phillips earned First Team All-Pac 12 recognition after making 103 tackles, with 17 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He was the only defensive tackle in the FBS with over 100 tackles. He is expected to compete with Adolphus Washington for playing time next to Star Lotulelei.

4. He was a top Combine performer. 

Phillips bench pressed 225 pounds 42 times at the NFL Combine, which was the most of any player in the event. The record is 49 reps.

5. He draws comparisons to Kyle Williams. 

After the pick, NBC's Ross Tucker tweeted, "Harrison Phillips is a young Kyle Williams." Some people think they look alike, too.

"I couldn't ever accept that term right now to be compared to somebody as fantastic as Kyle Williams," Phillips said. "I think that his career is one that's going to go down in the history books."

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