The Giants are entering an interesting phase of their rebuild. They have their quarterback and they have a big weapon for him to throw to after signing Kenny Golladay this offseason. They also have a pretty solid defense as well. What could the Giants possibly need?
In a league that requires you to get after the quarterback, the Giants could use some edge help. They have the makings of a good defensive line with the likes of Leonard Williams, but they need more on the outside. Enter Miami defensive end Jaelan Phillips. He could really get the Giants’ pass rush back to relevance.
Phillips stands at a massive 6-foor-6 and weights 260 lbs. The University of Miami product recorded 8.5 sacks in the 2020 season, while adding 45 total tackles, 15.5 tackles of a loss, and an interception. He is a physical freak that can improve any pass rush.
Phillips’ vertical was an impressive 36.5 inches. He also added a 10-5 broad jump and 21 reps on the bench at 225 lbs. during his pro day. What’s even more impressive is that Phillips ran a 4.56 40-yard dash. His numbers at the pro day were unreal, showcasing the freak physical ability Phillips possesses. The Giants should be salivating over him as a prospect.
Phillips has an elite first step, allowing him to get in the right places and dominate the line of scrimmage. He gets through offensive tackles pretty quickly and creates havoc in the backfield for opposing offenses. His highlights say it all and prove why he should be drafted high.
There aren’t a ton of weaknesses to discuss when it comes to Phillips. I believe the two biggest glaring concerns are his size and leverage. The biggest key for Phillips is being able to use his speed and athleticism to his advantage. Phillips has the tools, but his lanky frame compared to some defensive ends may concern people if a big, strong tackle gets a hold of him. A player worth mentioning in this scenario is a guy like Leonard Floyd.
Although Floyd didn’t figure it out in Chicago, he found his stride in Los Angeles and I believe that helps teams believe Phillips will be able to have success in the NFL.
The other concern is his leverage, which sort of plays off his size. If Phillips can utilize his speed and create leverage against bigger offensive tackles, he will be able to be a force at the NFL level and not be swallowed up by the elites who will be blocking him.
Overall, Jaelan Phillips is an athletic freak, capable of becoming a staple on the Giants’ defensive line. He is considered by Louis Riddick the best defensive end in this draft. If he has the right coaching and the right situation, he can become an elite pass rusher in the NFL. The one concern for some teams may be seeing him be more of Leonard Floyd, Rams version vs. Leonard Floyd, Bears version. If he can prevail over the concerns, he’ll be a worthy add for a team like the New York Giants.