With the 97th overall pick, the Cleveland Browns selected LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips. Phillips played in 34 games over his three seasons in Baton Rouge, amassing 218 tackles.
Phillips’ 218 tackles over three seasons is impressive, and so are his 13.5 TFL over his LSU career. His 57 tackles as a senior were the best in the SEC and his 55 tackles as a junior were good for seventh-best in the conference.
At the Combine, Phillips ran a 4.66 40-yard dash, while also jumping 126 inches in the broad jump. Projected as a third to fourth-rounder, Phillips has the skill to be a mainstay in the Browns’ defense.
Coming out of high school, Phillips was a top-50 recruit nationally and played in 12 games, making 18 tackles as a freshman. His 113 tackles as senior led the Tigers.
Phillips also had five passes defended over his career, proving he can disrupt the passing game.
WHAT THE ANALYSTS SAY
Phillips is a reliable option but lacks the alpha field demeanor and explosive athleticism teams look for. He has backup talent and should step into a special teams role quickly. Early tape was better than later tape as the competition level increased. He does an adequate job of handling his assignments but won’t make that many plays outside of the scheme. – Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
I think this will turn out to be a steal for the Browns, Phillips could have easily been a second-rounder, but fell to the Browns at 97th. If everything pans out right, Phillips could be a great pickup at a great spot for the new look Cleveland Browns