Photo of Phillip Gaines
Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 3
  • Pick 23
  • Overall 87

Combine Results

5.24 ?
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.62 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.04 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's a long corner who had a tremendous combine workout. I felt like he's a developmental guy, but he has starter skills." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Also lettered in track as a Texas prep. Played in nine games as a true freshman 2009 (starting four times at field corner and twice at boundary corner) and had 31 tackles, three pass breakups and zero interceptions with one tackle for loss. Missed the final three games because of a broken right wrist. Saw action in 12 games (10 starts at boundary corner) in 2010 and had 64 tackles, six pass breakups and no INTs with two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Had a blocked PAT against Tulsa. In April 2011, he was arrested on a misdemeanor possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and sentenced to one year of probation. In the fall, he started the first four games at left cornerback but sustained a foot injury in the Southern Miss game. Missed the remainder of the year and was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA. Totaled 11 tackles, two pass breakups and no INTs with two tackles for loss and one sack. Returned healthy in 2012 and started all 13 games at right cornerback, tallying 33 tackles, 18 pass breakups and no INTs with two tackles for loss. Ranked second nationally with his 18 pass breakups. Returned a fumble 12 yards for a touchdown against Memphis. In 2013, started 13 times at RCB and recorded 36 tackles, nine pass breakups and four INTs with four tackles for loss. Was suspended for the season opener for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Set a school record with his 38 career pass breakups.



Nice length. Terrific timed speed, blazing sub-4.4 times at the combine. Can be deployed in zone coverage. Plays the pocket. Good production on the ball, with 35 passes defended the last two seasons. Tough and competitive. Is hardworking and well respected by coaches and teammates. Recorded second-quickest three-cone drill among cornerbacks at the combine (6.62 seconds).


Durability is a concern. Has been dinged up. Underdeveloped and underpowered. Does not play to timed speed. Not equipped to handle man-to-man responsibility. Poor run supporter and tackler. Does not project as a core special-teams player. Tweener traits.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Lean, active zone corner whose ball skills will have to carry him. Could earn a roster spot on pure measurables but lacks desirable functional speed, strength and physicality.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.