Draft Profile: Edge Jaelan Phillips, Miami

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Pos. Edge
Ht. 6’5″
Wt. 266
Class. 4JR
College. Miami
DOB. 5/28/99

Stats/Accolades/History:
2017: 7 games. 21 tackles, 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups
2018: 4 games. 20 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
2019: Sat out due to NCAA Transfer Rules
2020: 10 games. 45 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 1 int, 3 pass break ups
Misc Stats.

Accolades. 2016 USA Today All-American, 2020 Second Team All-ACC, 2020 Second Team All-American

Injury History. Has 3 noted concussions. Has had ankle and wrist injuries, suffered severe wrist damage in a moped accident. Medically retired from football after 2018 season before transferring to Miami.

History. Five-star recruit from Redlands, CA. Originally the #1 recruit in the nation, he signed to UCLA and spent two years there. Participated in the U.S. Army All-America Game. After multiple injuries, he retired from football in 2018 and pursued a music career, before eventually transferring to Miami.

Strengths: Excellent length, great build, looks the part. Explosive athlete. Good quickness and redirection skills. Excellent range, has the ability to crash the LOS and make plays from the backside in the run game. Uses his long arms to stack and shed well. Converts speed into power. Can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Has experience dropping into coverage.

Weaknesses: Plays with an inconsistent pad level. Lacks counter moves. Unrefined pass rush skill set. Can be out of control, with no plan of attack. Mostly a disappointing career, after being the consensus #1 recruit. Injuries are an obvious concern, as he’s had 3 separate concussions and medically retired once.

Overview: A long and lanky edge defender that can fit in either odd or even front. Really active in the run game, and has room to grow as a pass rusher. The only question would be his medicals, but if they clear he’s worth a top 50 pick. Expect him to be worked into a rotation year 1, and become a solid starter.

Evaluation based on. Clemson 20′, Virginia Tech 20′, NC State 20′,

Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

Draft Grade: 6.22

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