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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Jaelan Phillips


Positional ranking: #4

Big Board ranking: #28

 

Overview

Position: EDGE

College: Miami

Class: Junior (RS)

Age: 21

 

Measurables

Height: 6’5 1/2”

Weight: 260 lbs.

Arm length: 33 1/4″

Hand size: 9 3/4″

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.56 sec.

Vertical jump: 36.0″

Broad jump: 125.0″

Bench press: 21 reps

3-cone drill: 7.01 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.13 sec.

 

Strengths

Great overall size and length. Thick and powerful lower body. Plus strength in general. Impressive burst/acceleration and athleticism for his size. Converts speed to power. Natural feel as a pass rusher. Hands are active and in sync with feet. Elite swim move both outside and inside. Uses a tight spin move. Can push the pocket some with power/length. Outstanding instincts and play recognition. Has flashed physicality taking on blocks against the run. Heavy hands to shed blockers. Good patience as a backside defender. Ideal overall discipline. Brings aggressiveness as a finisher. Very high motor and hustles to the ball. Gets up for quick deflections. Experience as both a stand-up rusher and with his hand in the dirt. Played some snaps inside.

 

Weaknesses

Concerning injury history with previous retirement due to concussion that ended his UCLA career. Average quickness/bend at the top of his speed rush. Can get too high and stall out when he doesn’t win early.

 

NFL comparison

Maxx Crosby

 

Conclusion

Overall, Phillips is a prototype edge defender with the size and natural power/athleticism to cause havoc as a pass rusher and run defender. NFL teams will have to find out if he is 100% committed considering his history, but Phillips has the talent to be a first-round pick in April’s draft.

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Nick
Nick
1 month ago

A team like Seattle

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1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

no doubt

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