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Phillip Dillard (LB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    245 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Nebraska
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: New York Giants
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 17 (115)
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Pick Analysis: The Giants finally address their middle linebacker need with the selection of Phillip Dillard. The highly productive linebacker from Nebraska has good instincts, and is a tough, downhill player in the middle. He should compete for the starting job as a rookie.

Overview

Dillard had his most productive season in 2009, his first year as a full-time starter. He is a short, well built player with good strength and speed for the position. He is an instinctive, tough linebacker who plays with good technique and body positioning. He understands angles and run fits to maintain leverage on the ball. He appears to have better quickness and speed than his body type would indicate, and he has good strength but lacks great pop and power on contact. He is aggressive in pursuit but lacks great lateral agility and change-of-direction to consistently make plays in space. Dillard was a good defender in his senior season and has the raw talent to eventually develop into a solid linebacker at the next level.


Strengths

Dillard has a muscular build and a strong lower half. Reads his keys well, reacts fast and has a good initial burst. Takes proper pursuit angles, maintains leverage tracking the ball and has the top-end speed to be a sideline-to-sideline player. Tough kid who fights to the whistle.

Weaknesses

Average functional power as a tackler and does not consistently get good shots on ball carriers. A bit stiff in the hips, which limits his ability to change direction and make plays in space. Does not show the ability to jump underneath routes in zone and does not stick with more athletic backs and tight ends in man.

Grade

3.9

 

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