Jacob Phillips 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Pros, Cons, and Projected Teams
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Jacob Phillips 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Linebacker Jacob Phillips is projected to be a mid-round pick in the 2020 draft. Coming out of high school, Phillips was a four star recruit in the class of 2017. He was the fourth-ranked player in the state of Tennessee.
College Career: Jacob Phillips was a highly recruited player out of high school but it wasn’t until he last couple of years at college that he made a big impact for the LSU Tigers. During his true freshman season, he played in 12 games racking up 18 tackles. During his Junior year in 2019 was when he really took over. He became a leader on the defense and led the team with 113 tackles.
Pros: Against the run, he is a natural and does a good job of reading the play and attacking to make the stop. He has straight line speed that is elite, and he is explosive when he is going after the ball carriers. He also has a high motor and loves to lay the big hits. He is a relentless worker and has proven he can be a leader on the defense.
Cons: There are some questions about his football IQ, and that is something that might scare off some teams. He sometimes misread what is happening, especially in the passing game and that is a big concern. When Phillips drops in coverage, his skills are lacking. He isn’t going to be a player that can have success against a wide receiver that goes deep. That is something he needs to improve on, or opposing teams are going to put him in a lot of bad situations in the NFL.
Projected Teams: There are many teams who would be really happy to have Phillips on their team, especially if they can get him in the third or fourth round.
The Green Bay Packers need some middle linebacker help, and Phillips would be a welcome addition to the squad. The New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, and Minnesota Vikings are some other teams that could make sense.