Carroll Phillips Jr.
Projection
Round 3-4
Grade
B
6.60
Eventual Starter

Carroll Phillips Jr.

Linebacker
Illinois
  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6-3 1/4
  • Weight: 242
  • 40-Yard: 4.64
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Has been a consistent playmaker for Illinois (56 tackles, 20 TFLs and 9 sacks in 2016). Very athletic with speed and body control. Explosive. Good outside pass rusher. Uses hands well. A tough competitor. Instincts. Athletic enough to play on his feet. Had a very strong showing at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

Weak Points

Lacks the bulk and size to play down in a 4-3 or play OLB in a 3-4. Doesn't have a lot of experience in pass coverage. Will need to make the conversion to linebacker.

The Way We See It

Phillips is a former junior college transfer. Played as a backup in 2015 and then became the starter at right end in 2016. He is undersized, but is strong and explosive. Competes every play. Shows explosiveness coming off the edge, can use his hands and has combo moves. He is instinctive and quick-reacting. Will get overpowered at the point by big offensive linemen at times. Will need to play OLB at the NFL level. Will start out at ‘Sam' but could eventually play ‘Will.' Showed at the Senior Bowl that he can play on his feet and has upside once he gets experienced. Should also be able to be a situational pass rusher and a demon on special teams.