There were some mixed reactions when the Miami Dolphins selected edge rusher Jaelan Phillips with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but it seems to be working out so far. The Dolphins coaching staff continues to praise the young playmaker as rookie minicamp rolled on.
Phillips' intensity and passion for the sport seem to be what is sticking out the most about him so far. In fact, Miami GM Chris Grier said that Phillips' motor and effort out on the field is what first drew the team to him during the draft process. It proves how important the game is to him.
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Phillips is coming off a monstrous junior season with the Miami Hurricanes in which he set career-highs across the board. Overall, Phillips finished the season with 45 tackles (15.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks in 10 games played. He also tacked on an interception and broke up three passes.
The 21-year-old was the first pass rusher taken in the draft and takes his massive frame (6'5" and 260 pounds) to the next level. He has the athleticism needed to keep up with the competition and now joins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah on what is becoming a potentially scary defensive unit in Miami.
Phillips has the chance to earn an immediate starting role, but he could lock it down earlier than expected if he continues to impress at camp. It certainly doesn't seem like he is slowing down anytime soon.
"This journey has been incredible and I’m so blessed to even be in this position. Now is definitely far from the time to rest. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, so that’s what I’m doing. Just every day trying to get better."- Jaelan Phillips
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