4/26/21: Phillips helped himself with a phenomenal pro-day workout. He showed size, speed, athleticism, explosion, and a ton of athletic upside. During the early years of his collegiate career, Phillips had some personal issues, and some teams like how he was able to overcome those problems and get focused on football. Others are worried about those issues becoming a problem again, so if Phillips slides in the 2021 NFL Draft, that will be the reason.
The Hurricanes were dealt a blow when defensive end Gregory Rousseau decided to skip the 2020 season. Miami gave Rousseau's number to UCLA transfer Jaelan Phillips, who did a nice job of continuing the disruptive presence coming from No. 15. Team sources said Phillips really impressed them and they see a lot of athletic upside with the junior. He has quality size, speed, athleticism, and strength. In 2020, Phillips totaled 45 tackles, eight sacks, an interception and three passes defended.
Phillips has a good skill set with strength to shed blocks and hold his ground in run defense. The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder really improved as a pass rusher over the course of the 2020 season, and he has quality speed to go with length and strength. Phillips could continue to grow as he gains experience.