BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who began his career in junior college. All-Conference selection last year after leading Oregon in tackles, posting 105/9/2. Junior numbers were 45/9/2.
POSITIVES: Improving run-defending linebacker with solid instincts. Disciplined, plays heads-up football and stays with assignments. Always working to get involved in the action. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, scrapes well in the box.
NEGATIVES: Marginal skills in coverage and limited speed to the sidelines. Gets caught up in the trash moving laterally. Slow disengaging from blocks once wired at the point.
ANALYSIS: Productive tackler with marginal size/speed numbers, Phillips is a good fit on the inside of a 3-4 defense or in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action.