40: 4.65 (Campus)
PROS: Quick to come up and defend the run, showing decent straight-line speed and burst there. Can make plays in pursuit and best when allowed to attack the edges in run support. Willing to come up and throw his weight around and deliver hit to the ballcarrier. Does a nice job keeping things in front of him in coverage, and doesn't give up the big play.
CONS: Lacks discipline as a tackler. Undersized, not a strong tackler that doesn't do a good job wrapping up. Will get engulfed by blockers when he's up in the box. Gets caught out of position and will take poor angles in pursuit. Looks for the hit too much rather than wrapping up and whiffs on tackles. Lacks the speed and range to make a lot of plays in coverage, and can be late defending the ball when working in zone.
OVERVIEW: A former corner that it shows when it comes to his abilities in run support. Started 8 games at corner in 2006, finishing year with 30 tackles, 1 pick, and 11 break ups. Lost job and regained it that same year. Moved to safety the next year, starting 4 games. Limited in '08 to 2 games due to an undisclosed leg injury. Played in 10 games this past year, missing time with a shoulder injury. Finished year, starting 7 games at strong safety, with 53 tackles, 2 picks and 3 fumble recoveries.
NFL FORECAST: Injuries and inconsistency saddled Phillips at Miami, but he has enough ability to potentially stick as a backup in the NFL. He's an undersized safety that will be a liability in run support because he lacks the discipline and toughness to be a reliable tackler against NFL opponents. He's decent in coverage, but didn't make a lot of plays when he was at safety. At least not to any degree where you think you could take advantage of his coverage skills on the next level. So his chance to stick in the pros will largely depend on his ability to impact on special teams. If so, then he can be a nice backup free safety. But I'm not high on his potential to play there he just wasn't as disciplined or consistent in college, so more than likely eventually a better player will come along and push him off the roster.
ATL FORECAST: He could push for time in the Falcons secondary and potentially land a practice squad spot as a rookie, but I don't see him being good enough immediately on special teams to make the roster, nor do I think he has long-term potential to think he'll stick beyond his second summer. Basically I don't think he'll be any bigger a factor as a Falcon as his ex-teammate Glenn Sharpe was. Managed to hang around on the practice squad for a few years, but was mainly just a body.
VALUE: Phillips isn't worth drafting because of his inconsistency and lack of ideal upside, but someone should definitely bring him to camp to see if he can push somebody.
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