Plays with nice pop and is able to get position against the defender. Shows ability to wall off defender to open up an alley. Gets some push up the middle. SHows some ability to pull. Does a good job initiating contact in pass protection and has a nice punch. Capable in a short area.
Doesn't have great footwork and struggles to adjust in space against speed and the stunt. If he misses his punch on the initial set up, he struggles quite a bit because he'll get overextended. Needs to show quicker hands upon the set up. Will miss assignments when asked to pull.
Phillips is a capable collegiate player, but his skillset doesn't project well to the next level. He's neither athletic or strong enough to really match up at the next level. He was a three-year starter at Stanford, logging 24 starts at left guard his last two seasons and 11 at right guard as a sophomore. His father died in a plane crash last summer that killed Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. His youngest brother survived the crash with three broken bones. He has two younger brothers that play TE for UVA.
Phillips can develop as a depth guy at the next level. If he can add weight and get bigger, I like his chances even more. He is a guy that can get position as a run blocker, and adding some more bulk should help him get more push up front. His hands aren't great and he needs to master his technique to overcome his lacking ideal athleticism in pass protection. He's a nice short area player that I feel with development can be a guy that can potentially play both guard and center. But for the time being he projects as a reserve guard that probably will work best in a zone blocking scheme where his athletic issues won't be as glaring. I think down the road he could emerge as a decent stopgap option, but probably not good enough to be anything more than an injury fill-in. Instead, a team is probably better off developing him as a depth, and if he can show he is comfortable playing center it should add longevity to his career.
Phillips is more of a body in Atlanta. He can compete there, but he isn't big or physical enough to really make an impact. He could land a practice squad spot with the hope he could develop down the road as a swing guard and center. But right now he doesn't have more upside to be a starter than someone like Reynolds or Valdez, and unless he showed comparable versatility the team doesn't have much reason to keep him beyond a year or so.
Phillips might get looks in the seventh round if a team is confident he can also play center. But he's much better value as an undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.0
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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