BIO: Four-year starter that's played every game at defensive end during his Purdue career. Posted 58/23/14.5 as a senior after junior totals of 50/8.5/6. Productive sophomore campaign included 72/15/6.
POSITIVES: Explosive pass-rush specialist also effective off the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well, plays with terrific pad level and rarely off his feet. Quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step, plays sideline-to-sideline and shows excellent pursuit speed. Good hand technique and fights to stay off blocks. Can drop off the line and covers a good amount of area in space.
NEGATIVES: Undersized, easily knocked from his angle of attack or handled by opposing tight ends. Known as a defender that pins his ears back and goes after the opposing quarterback rather than defending the run.
ANALYSIS: A tremendous athlete that brings a lot of speed to his game, Phillips plays much faster than his 40 time. Could be effective in a variety of ways at the next level if he rounds off his game and learns to become a complete defender.