Kenny Phillips Scouting Report

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Kenny Phillips Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: ACC
School: Miami Hurricanes
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #1
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 210 lbs.
Drafted 1.31 in 2008 by NYG

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami

Kenny Phillips may not have quite the hype as someone like Sean Taylor heading into the NFL Draft, but the safety is not far behind. Phillips is widely considered the best safety available this year and the Florida native ended his productive collegiate career at Miami a year early to try his luck in the big leagues. At 6-2 and 210 pounds, Phillips has great size and will not need to work on anything from a physical standpoint to be a big contributor in the NFL, or even a perennial pro bowler. He is extremely aggressive and quick and will use those skills in pass coverage and covering the run. In this day and age of big hitting safeties, Phillips certainly fits the bill, but he did have seven interceptions during his three year career in Miami and his coverage ability is often overlooked in favor of his big hits. The only possible downside of the 2007 All-ACC First Team honorees game is he can occasionally look to make the big play over the reliable play. Yet, that is getting a little too picky. Phillips will go in the top half of the first round and will likely be a top ten pick if his pre-draft numbers are as good as expected. 2/28 Update: Kenny Phillips was on the slow end of his usual 40-yard dash time at the Combine. It should not really matter that much, but some teams with a pick in the top ten might think twice before taking Phillips. Either way, he is the most dominating safety in the draft and will be a first round selection. 3/21 Update: Kenny Phillips did not partake in most Pro Day activities, letting his numbers at the combine do the talking. His stock may be slipping a little bit in some circles, but the 6-2 safety is still the best safety on the board and his physical tools, not to mention the lineage of safeties from Miami, should have him going in the top 15. Yet, if he does slip, Phillips will be a steal in the late first round. 4/11 Update: Kenny Phillips seems to be very high according to some draft pundits and very low to others. It is unlikely that he will be a top 15 pick anymore, but how far he slips beyond that is a matter for debate. Many believe that if Phillips falls to the late first round he will be a steal for one lucky team. Others believe it is too much of a risk to even take him anywhere in the first round. The truth probably lies somewhere in between and anybody who can nab Phillips late in the first round will be getting a good value for their selection.

Last Updated Apr-11-2008 by Joel Welser

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