Better Know A Draft Prospect: Texas Christian University ILB Jason Phillips
[Edit]: I found another scouting report on NFL.com that you should see on the scouting report section. If something doesnt make sense on here, i got sleepy so just let me know.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Jason tore the meniscus in his left knee at the combine.
Im starting to look at linebackers and i figured i would start with the "not first rounders". Rey Mauluga and James Laurinatus appear to be a reach at 8 but a lock for the first round. Jason Phillips is Mike Mayock's number 3 ILB, but he has recently been injured so the scenario where he falls to us in the third is more likely to happen. So despite the lack of immediate need, i introduce to you...Jason Phillips.
Jason Phillips By The Numbers
Scout.com did an interview with Jason after he finished his last game, a Poinsettia Bowl victory over Ian Johnson's Boise State. In the interview, Phillips spoke about what he wanted to do at the combine, agility, and how he wants to go to a cold weather team.
"The combine is just another chance for me to show that I’ve got straight on speed as far as the forty -yard dash goes and that I can move side to side, as well as cover one –on-one," he said. "Those are some of the things that scouts have been iffy about with me. But I’m just going to go and showcase my skills."
"People know that I’m strong and tough, but I want to show everyone that I’ve got the agility to play linebacker at the next level," he said."I’m a big fan of cold weather," he said.
"I would love to go anywhere up north like Green Bay, Minnesota or Chicago. I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and I’m so tired of the heat. But to be honest with you I will go anywhere. Anyone who wants me, I will go there and showcase what I can do."
Video Killed The Scouting Report
Scouting Report Positives
War Room Report: Good size with solid bulk...really physical and aggressive...productive team leader...shows great awareness...physical hitter who is also a solid wrap up tackler...offers some scheme versatility...can handle zone coverage assignments...plays with a nasty demeanor and is not afraid of contact...decent top end speed...
NFL.com: Has the size to play inside, probably in a 3-4 scheme, and should continue to gain mass and develop in the upper body. ... Avoids blocks from guards in trash to reach the ballcarrier, but is also physical enough to punch linemen and maintain his gap. ... Very tough and won't back down from anyone. ... Aggressive, instinctual player with the straight-line speed to attack plays behind the line of scrimmage. ... Adequate drop and good awareness in coverage, reads the eyes of the quarterback and anticipates receivers' routes well. ... Secure tackler, has the length to wrap up and strength to bring the man down. ... Was a long snapper in high school.
Scouting Report Negatives
War Room Report: Not an elite natural athlete...a bit stiff through the hips...does not have great lateral range...does not offer much as a blitzer...sometimes he is a bit too aggressive...lacks the quickness in short space to guard man to man...lacks sideline to sideline range...a true "thumper"…suffered a knee injury at the combine that may knock him back some…
NFL.com: Mostly a grab-and-drag tackler. ... Better when the play is in front of him, as he lacks great lateral movement and struggles to change direction in space. ... He often reads the play correctly but is a step slow to break down or react against faster players, leading to lunging and shoestring tackles that won't be made at the next level. ... Can be effective as a blitzer, but is not explosive and will whiff. ... His aggressiveness sometimes causes him to leave his gap responsibility, and he does not have the quickness to recover.
OU Insider's outlook on Phillips: "Phillips, TCU's top tackler with 87 stops, is a preseason All-American. Dave Campbell's Texas Football has tabbed him as the state's 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. He appeared on watch lists last season for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Dick Butkus Award as well as being named the state's Best Linebacker by Dave Campbell's. A native of Waller, Texas, Phillips has started all 38 games the last three seasons with his 231 career tackles the best among active Frogs."
Bleacher Report on Jason Phillips and the TCU Defense he played in: "The TCU defense plays a manipulated 4-3, but instead of using a true defensive end, they use a smaller and faster player who can get a quick speed rush off the edge. They also use their strong safeties as both a strategic outside linebacker and a "rover" safety. Their rover is physical like a linebacker but can also match up with wide receivers and tight ends in pass coverages. Linebackers are their strength. They only have two true linebackers. I haven’t seen a pair play as physical and emotional as these two. No. 39 Phillips plays smarter of the two and is good at slipping blockers in open space and still being able to make a play on the ball. He also does a good job in his zone drops, finding the receivers near him and making a play on the ball."
Star Telegram talks about interviews and projection while delivering a great quote: Phillips has interviewed with Dallas, Arizona, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Oakland and Carolina, among others, while at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ranked among the top 10 players at his position, Phillips is expected to be a fourth-round pick."They’re going to get a tough, smart, dedicated, coachable, hard-working player," Phillips said. "Everything about me they’ve heard is true. I’m going to come in; I’m going to work hard; I’m going to be coachable. Everything they tell me is going to stick. I’m going to learn it quick."
Everything sounds great about the guy, especially the later round consideration. I saw a mock that had the Jags taking him in the second round. This was in January. Why the drop? He is currently on crutches.
Gil Brandt reports: LB Jason Phillips revealed at TCU’s pro day Friday morning that he has a torn meniscus in his left knee, an injury that he believes he suffered at the scouting combine last month. Phillips, who underwent surgery on Wednesday, is expected to be on crutches for the next eight weeks and in rehabilitation for another four weeks. That takes him well beyond the draft and into minicamps, but he should be ready for training camp. Phillips’ numbers at the combine were exceptional, so it shouldn’t affect his standing too much in the draft. In Indianapolis two weeks ago, he ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.69 seconds), was sixth in the broad jump (10-0) and finished eighth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.32 seconds). Phillips is the No. 3 inside linebacker on Mike Mayock’s list of top draft prospects.
Reason He Should Be On the Jags
Phillips has too much ability, potential, and work ethic to simply wright off. He is a great tackler and has the speed to run people down, not everyone but a good deal of players.
I have not seen him play myself, but i just read about him for a few hours after hearing of him for a few months and in my own opinion, i feel he would be a solid addition to our LBing core. He could be a backup for all the spots and eventually start. He would add depth at a strong position, to make us even stronger.
I truly feel like he can be the BAP in round 3 and certainly round 4. Projections for him range from rds 2 to 4.
Jags' fans, let me know what you think.