Skyler Phillips

Idaho St.
G

Prospect Info

College
Idaho St.
Hometown
Class
Eugene, OR
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
318 lbs
33”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.1
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
104.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.69
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Bengals coaches have fully utilized Phillips' versatility over the past five years, starting him at both guard and both tackle positions. The Eugene, Oregon native started all 12 games as a true freshman in 2013, lining up five times at left guard and seven times at right tackle. Phillips started 10 games as a sophomore, all at right guard. He played three spots for ISU as a junior, starting five games at the right guard spot, three at left tackle, and one at right tackle. Phillips lost most of the 2016 season due to injury after starting the first four games as the blind side tackle.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Shaq Mason
Overview
One-and-done blocker with serious power to jolt defenders in his initial punch, but an inability to sustain blocks and ride them out. Phillips may be evaluated as a guard, but he might be better-suited as a center where his power and field awareness can stand out and his struggles with sustaining blocks may be minimized somewhat.
Strengths
  • His arms look like thighs
  • Has compact, powerful frame with booming power in upper body
  • Jolts opponents when greeting them with his hands
  • Relatively light on his feet
  • Handled pass pro duties at left tackle in 2016 and slides looked clean
  • Good lateral quickness with a smooth skip pull in his pocket
  • Tape is filled with players being knocked to the ground by his down blocks
  • Can press defenders out of his frame to gain separation
  • Flexible throughout lower body and keeps pad level low
  • Pass sets with good base, balance, and stance
  • Feels twist development and passes his man off with a strong snap while re-positioning to catch incoming twister
  • Has anchor to fight back against bull rushers
  • Was able to remake his body by dropping a substantial amount of baby fat from when he first came into the program
Weaknesses
  • Hand placement is erratic
  • Gets forced into resetting hands too often during blocks
  • Allows defenders to draw first blood with shots into his frame
  • Squatty frame includes shorter arms
  • Balance is just average
  • Unable to consistently land and stick to his blocks
  • Wins early phases of run blocks but finishing is inconsistent
  • Narrow power zone creates tendency to fall off blocks after initial blow
  • Needs to play with better balance on work-up blocks to linebackers
  • Frequently matched against smaller, weaker opponents on his schedule
  • Missed final seven games of 2016 after suffering a concussion and teams will likely dig deeply into that
Sources Tell Us

"I always feel like I'm watching a bouncer when I watch him. He's stronger than everyone around him and he can drop some of these guys with one shot. He's the enforcer out there for sure." - AFC East scout

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GRADE
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