Isn't real heavy-handed in the pass game and doesn't generate much of a punch on contact. Too often allows defenders to get into his frame, jar him at the point and create separation for themselves. Does a nice job keeping his base down, maintaining balance while sliding his feet and cutting off their initial surge, but isn't fluid enough to consistently mirror in space.
Impression: Isn't the most athletic or physically imposing guard in the draft, but just finds a way to get the job done. Doesn't look to have the skill set to be a reliable starter in the NFL, but could work his way onto an NFL roster."
Positive: Adequately sized college blocker with limited athleticism. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees, and strong at the point. Immediately gets his hands up, keeps his feet moving, and shows ability as a position blocker. Plays with a nasty attitude and works hard until the whistle blows. Keeps his head on a swivel and helps out teammates.
Negative: Lacks footwork, struggles to adjust, and can be exploited by speed rushers. Must improve his playing balance. Not effective blocking in motion.
Analysis: Phillips is a small-area lineman who is best as a run blocker. He does not have much upside, but his size and versatility could make him an attractive utility backup."
Weaknesses: Heavy footed. Struggles to slide out with his lateral agility in pass pro. Has difficulty picking up stunts and blitzes, as well as redirecting his feet to unexpected movement. Lacks athleticism and balance to make blocks consistently at the second level.