Drew Boylhart February 2008
Kenny Phillips   S   Miami

 
STRENGTHS 
Kenny has excellent size, strength and speed for his position.  He is a good tackler and has strong cover skills to match up against those tall WRís and TEís in the red zone.  Kenny has solid change of direction skills and understands situational football.  He does a solid job tackling and every time I saw Kenny, he improved from the previous game. 
 
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Kenny doesnít show any leadership qualities and isnít spectacular on special teams.  He looks like he is afraid to make a mistake and it paralyzes him on the field, making him appear slower than he is.  Kenny has played hurt, but his lack of leadership skills is what truly puts a big hole in his game. 
 
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 4
I do feel that Kenny will be a better pro player than he was a college player.  But I also think it will take some time -- more than his first contract.  The reason I feel this way is because Kenny shows a lot of maturity in the way he plays, but his ability to be frustrated by the players around him that are not that good has affected his overall play.  A first day pick for me has to show more than just talent and Kenny just has not shown me anything in his game other than his talent.  To me, that makes him a good role player who might someday learn to be a leader, but for the purposes of this draft, I cannot assume that will happen.  I like this kidís down the line potential to become a complete player, but I would wait to draft Kenny sometime after the third round.  I donít see him impacting for a few years and because of this, if some other team wants to pick him in the first three rounds, I would wait until his first contract is up and look to see what kind of player potential he has at that time.  Kenny had all of this year and last to step up and show some leadership and it just never happened.  This year, he took a lot of false steps and looked like he was thinking way too much instead of just knowing what he should do and reading, reacting and trusting what he sees.  Kenny has the talent, but he must develop his anticipation, instincts and leadership skills to become the DB his talents suggest he can become.