First-year starter who joined Illinois out of junior college before his sophomore season. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a senior by making 56 tackles, ranking second in the nation with 20 tackles for loss and adding nine sacks and three quarterback hurries.
Explosive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker on Sunday. Athletic, plays with great pad level and displays speed moving in every direction. Easily collapses down the line of scrimmage or out to the flanks then catches the ball handler in backside pursuit. Displays a good change of direction, the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and easily redirects to ball handlers. Covers a lot of area on the field. Performed brilliantly during Senior Bowl practices.
Undersized and easily tied up by blocks. Primarily played out of a three-point stance in college, rarely making plays in reverse.
Entering the season Phillips was graded as a camp body by scouts but his draft stock has been on a straight shot North since September. He’s athletic, explosive and showed the ability to handle 3-4 outside linebacker duties during the Senior Bowl.