Phillips can be a weapon much like TJ Watt in the pass rush.At this point I am expecting Philips to line up similar to Watts with the Steelers. Our defense in my opinion is built from scheme thought process first, and personel that can run the scheme. I must emphasize that we only beat 1 team with a winning record, and lost 3 times against teams with a winning record. I am hoping Holland becomes a starter next season.
I struggle to see second round safety get the nod over a bigger name. Id expect a 1st round guy like Phillips who stayed in Miami getting a ton of press from the NFL media and kick starting that campaign if he were to put up a 3 sack in 2 game type streak. Nature of the position.The Cowboys have Smith and Vander Esch already, so I could see Parsons putting up a smaller stat line than expected. I think Phillips or Holland could win DoRY if they stay healthy as they are both playmakers. Heavy emphasis on could.
Outside of concussion concerns (which are valid), I don't see what's not to like. He's big, strong, fast, and talented. He's good against the run and a smart pass rusher.I just don't see it with this dude. I think he's going to be a decent rotational player, but not worthy of the 18th pick.
Outside of concussion concerns (which are valid), I don't see what's not to like. He's big, strong, fast, and talented. He's good against the run and a smart pass rusher.
He will vary his moves depending on how the guy he's matched up against is blocking him. There are numerous instances of him setting up his blocker with similar starting moves, only to change it up and win w a different counter later in the game. This ability to adjust makes him a threat to even beat lineman that seem to be containing him. He is also very good at getting inside the OT, leading to clear paths to QB's and RB's in the backfield. His athleticism allows him to risk sacrificing setting the edge, bc he can win toward the inside on such a frequent basis.
Basically, he is far from a one trick pony. His game is quite versatile and adaptable.
He was rusty and did not do much his first 3 games. But in his final 7, he had 8 sacks, 36 pressures, and 13 TFL. He was the number 1 recruit in his class for a reason and he was finally able to show why. One look at his game log and you can see he was getting better as the season went on.
This is a high risk pick, but if you don't see the upside, then we aren't seeing the same things.