Phillips is an exciting prospect. He was a five-star recruit who had a lot of ability when he arrived at UCLA; he had a few injuries that sidelined him and forced him to retire from football. Phillips questioned his passion for the game at one point. Phillips un-retired and transferred to Miami to get a fresh start; he had an excellent 2020. Phillips is a physical player at 6-6 260 lbs. He shines when pass rushing and against the run. He is a versatile defender who has that rare blend of speed to power off the edge that is eye-opening. He can play with his hand in the dirt or a two-point. He can rush from the interior when needed, which adds to his versatility. The big questions are, does he love the game? Can he remain healthy, and his experience. He has the tools to be a high-impact NFL starter.
Other Considerations If Available:
With Philip Rivers deciding to retire after his one year in Indianapolis, the Colts are now back to the quarterback drawing board. Regardless of who the Colts have behind center, they will need to add another WR. Free agents like Marvin Jones JR come to mind as a good fit, or maybe Wil Fuller. They could go the free agency route, or they could draft a WR. QB's on the free-agent market that might be a good fit, Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz, or Sam Darnold. They drafted Jacob Eason a year ago, and they could go back to Jacoby Brissett. The Colts also have needs on defense, particularly at the edge. If Shaq Barrett decides to move on from the Bucs, the Colts should pursue him, or even Jadeveon Clowney. If they can re-sign Xavier Rhodes without collapsing their salary cap, they need to do it, or else they will need to fill a major hole in their secondary.