Jaelan Phillips NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Biggest Wild Card On The Board?

This is The Game Day’s Jaelan Phillips NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Jaelan Phillips Scouting Report, head over to Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.

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Jaelan Phillips NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Jaelan Phillips NFL Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables

  • School: Miami (FL)
  • Class in Final Season: Junior
  • Age on NFL Draft Day: 21
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 260 lbs.

Jaelan Phillips: Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Elite athlete. Ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at his Pro Day at 260 pounds.
  • Strong and powerful hands. Has no problem dealing with bigger offensive tackles on the line of scrimmage.
  • Variety of pass-rush moves including being able to win with speed or power.
  • Polished technique. Will be able to beat tackles in the NFL in a variety of ways.
  • Consistent and reliable effort. Plays hard on every snap.
  • Can play multiple spots on the defensive line. Could reduce down to a defensive tackle in nickel situations.
  • Has the frame to add another 10-15 pounds of muscle without losing speed or quickness.

Needs Improvement

  • Could improve as a run defender.
  • Injuries caused him to medically retire in 2019.
  • Has a history of concussions that could cause him to fall in the draft.
  • Injuries have made him a somewhat inexperienced player.

Jaelan Phillips NFL Outlook

One of the biggest wildcards in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jaelan Phillips could easily have been the first defender off the board if it weren’t for a long list of injuries in high school. He was forced to medically retire before the 2019 season, but returned in 2020 and dominated with the Miami Hurricanes. In the team’s final seven games, he totaled eight sacks to go along with 13 tackles for a loss. And then at his Pro Day, he tested as a 99 percentile athlete, running a 4.58 40-yard dash at 260 pounds.

As long as Phillips is healthy, he’s going to produce like an elite defensive end. But how confident will teams be that he can stay healthy in the NFL? The answer could determine if he is a top-10 pick versus a Day 3 selection.


Jaelan Phillips NFL Comp

NFL Comp: Joey Bosa

Phillips was incredibly productive at Miami, much like Bosa at Ohio State. Both players possess elite size and athleticism but win with their hands and a variety of pass-rush moves. Like Bosa, Phillips should be a Day 1 starter and could even be a double-digit sack artist in his first season in the NFL. This might seem like a high comparison for a college player, but if it weren’t for the injuries, Phillips would have been a lock top-10 selection. He is that type of prospect on the field.

Jaelan Phillips NFL Team Fits

  • Eagles
  • Titans
  • Chiefs
  • Buccaneers
  • Falcons
  • Cowboys
  • Seahawks

Phillips will be at his best in a 4-3 defense that allows him to be matched up one-on-one with offensive tackles. The Buccaneers make the most sense for Phillips as they pick at No. 32 and can take a “risk” like him at that stage in the draft. He could easily be a Day 1 starter but putting him into a rotation as a rookie would make a lot of sense.


 NFL Draft Prediction

Round 1: Phillips might be my favorite player in this class, but predicting where he will be selected is anyone’s guess. The injury concerns are so great that he could easily fall outside of the top-100 picks in this class if teams don’t believe he will be able to stay on the field. However, I will assume that he will still end up being a first-round pick as the upside is too great. If he can stay healthy, this is a Joey Bosa/Nick Bosa level prospect who is an even better athlete. Some team in the late-20s or early 30s will likely gamble on Phillips as he can be a difference-maker on Day 1. Keep an eye on Phillips and his landing spot in the draft as he could easily end up the favorite to win the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year.


Now that you’ve read our Jaelan Phillips 2021 Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned for more NFL Draft analysis. Then, after the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll cover his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his NFL team.

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