Philip Wheeler LB
Philip has good size and is that speed type of LB with which
certain teams are falling in love.
He is a decent tackler and can cover sideline to sideline
in pass defense.
Philip can also cover the middle of the field in a two-deep zone
defensive scheme without too many problems.
Philip also does a very good job rushing the passer and
causing problems in the blocking scheme of offensive lines when
he is used to blitz the QB.
Philip has a lot of speed and a great burst to go along
with excellent athletic talent.
In the right system, he will be an impact player for the
team that drafts him.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Philip needs to wrap up better.
For the next level, he should be moved to the WLB
position to impact.
He doesnít show the overall leadership skills that are needed
for the MLB position.
He takes a lot of false steps right now and this will
kill him at the next level.
Iím not convinced he really understands the correct
angles to take when defending against the run at the MLB
position. The truth
is, his impact position for the next level is at WLB.
Iím not convinced he is stout enough or has the instincts
to play MLB.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
Philip is not a ďmeet the blocker in the hole, shed and make the
tackleĒ type of LB and he never will be.
He is a speed LB that needs the big bodies in front of
him so that he can shoot the gap and make the tackle.
Right now, Philip looks a little confused on the field.
I believe itís because he has too many things to think
about and it has affected his overall play.
Draft him for the WLB position and you should have a damn
good player. He
will struggle defending against the run until he learns better
techniques, but when he does learn, he should be an excellent
Philip still has a lot to learn, I think his speed and workout
numbers will move him into the first round before it is all said
and done. Late in
the first round or as an early second round pick would be a good
spot for this kid to be drafted.
The team that drafts him can use him as an extra pass
rusher and in pass defense until he gets his feet wet.
Philip should be pretty impressive in his first year if
he is used like that.
Throw him on the field as a starter right away and it
will be a long learning process for him to become an all around
solid LB. Use him
in the middle in any kind of Defensive scheme other than a two
deep zone scheme and Philip will struggle big time.
He reminds me a lot of Jonathan Vilma (LB New Jersey
Jets). Anyone who
follows the Jets knows of the problems Vilma has had in a
different defense the last few years as compared to his impact
rookie year. So, itís that simple!
Right scheme, Philip impacts.
Wrong scheme, Philip struggles to impact ever.