Antonio Phillips NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Antonio Phillips NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • 2021 NFL Draft Prospects
  • Antonio Phillips
  • Ball State
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • CB
  • CGS
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • cornerback
  • DB
  • Defensive Back
  • Draft
  • Draft Prospect
  • NFl Draft
  • Prospect Profile
  • Scouting Report
By Mitchell Wolfe February 23, 2021 0 Comment
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Antonio Phillips is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Antonio Phillips is a cornerback from Ball State and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Phillips played and started all of Ball State’s eight games this year. In the 2020 season, Phillips recorded 32 tackles (21 solos), 8 passes broken up, and 2 interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus, he ranked as the 121st-highest cornerback (20% snap minimum) with an Overall grade of 69.6 (71.5 Coverage, 58.9 Run Defense, 77.9 Tackling).

Phillips was an extremely decorated player coming out of high school, but only garnered a two-star rating as a recruit. He accepted a scholarship offer from Ball State and played immediately as a true freshman in 2017. Phillips played in 10 games in 2017 and 2018 with three and eight starts respectively. But he elevated his game to another level in 2019, starting in all the games he played in (missed season finale due to injury) and earned First-Team All-MAC honors. With four interceptions and seven passes broken up, Phillips earned his team’s award for Most Improved Player in 2019.

In the NFL, Phillips projects best in a scheme that asks him to play deep zone coverages (Cover 3, Cover 4) from Off alignments. One of Phillips’s few flaws is his hip fluidity, so playing him closer to the line of scrimmage could lead to problems. With that being said, he is solid in Press and has good ball skills. Phillips might not be ready to play immediately in the NFL but could carve out a role for himself after a few years.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Defensive Standouts

Scouting Capsule

Antonio Phillips NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At the College Gridiron Showcase, Antonio Phillips measured in at 5 feet and 11 6/8 inches (5116) and 186 pounds. His hands are 9 3/8 inches and his arms are 32 4/8 inches. At Ball State, Phillips was listed at 6′ and 191 pounds.

Highlights

Positives

  • Good against the run, coming downhill at good angles with aggressiveness to engage with blockers or tackle ballcarrier
  • Solid foot technique to not get beat off the line and can run with most receivers
  • Good ball skills; very good ball tracking and times hands well to make a play on the ball at the catch point
  • Best from Off Coverage alignments where he can read the receiver/QB then attack; good mental processing

Negatives

  • Hip fluidity is a problem; a bit stiff and struggles to flip hips from backpedal to turn and run
  • Could lead to issues from Press alignments; would like to see more of him jamming at the line
  • Slightly undersized for an outside cornerback, but skillset is not ideal for the slot; might need to put on some weight

NFL Comparison

Dane Jackson (Buffalo Bills 2020-Present)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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