Jaelan Phillips Names Best Fit for Needy Ravens Defense


Jaelan Phillips plays for UCLA and is chasing a Cincinnati player.

The Baltimore Ravens are pondering what they will do in the NFL draft and the closer the game gets, the clearer the team’s needs become.

The defense and offense have fundamental needs that need to be addressed in the draft, and those needs are obvious to the team late in the draft. A new report from Bleacher Report has identified each team’s biggest needs and the best prospect for each team. According to writer Brent Sobleski, the team’s defense needs help besides the edge rusher, and Jaylan Phillips fits that bill.

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He wrote:

Defensively, the unit has lost much of its running ability with the departure of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue, but Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee remain.

On the other hand, he could be traded to Orlando Brown Jr. before or during the draft, leaving a hole at the right tackle position. The center was already a problem after the disappointing performance of last year’s multiple options.

While the tight end on the roster doesn’t seem to be a serious problem for Mark Andrews, the offense has taken a big step back in 2020 as the 12 is much less involved.

Of course, the most interesting discussion is about the defense, because that’s where the Ravens have done their most impressive work on the field in recent history. One more player on the defensive line who can interrupt the passer would be a huge asset to the team. The addition of Phillips would be a bonus for the Ravens.

Status and highlights of Phillips

After playing a few years at UCLA, Phillips transferred to the University of Miami and made an impressive jump in production in one season with the Hurricanes. In his first two seasons with the Bruins, Phillips recorded just 4.5 sacks and 41 tackles. Over his career, Phillips has 45 tackles and eight sacks in 2020. This production shows that he could be an elite option for a team to use early in the draft.

A look at the highlights shows that Phillips has created a serious upset.

Jaelan Phillips 2020 Regular Season Highlights | Miami DLJaelan Phillips was one of Miami’s biggest surprises in the 2020 season.  The defensive line was very productive, allowing the Hurricanes to take losses and sacks, and was named second team All-ACC. Phillips finished the year with 45 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception. Jalan Phillips looks… 2021-02-09T14:47:23Z.

Phillips was named to the All-ACC second team in 2020, so he clearly has the talent to make it to the NFL.

Raven options for project

Good news? The Ravens have plenty of opportunities to fill that need in the upcoming draft. Baltimore picks the 27th. The site and team could consider different options in this design area, e.g. Penn State rusher Jason Ou, Michigan’s Kwity Paye or Georgia linebacker Aziz Ojulari. Miami’s Gregory Russo could also be on the list, but if Baltimore is chosen, he’s already gone. If the Ravens have big needs locally, you could say the edge is a big need, as in this case. If that is true, the team needs to find a solution in the NFL draft pretty quickly to fix this problem.

Any of these players could have succeeded early on in Baltimore, and someone like Phillips could have been a great asset as a result.

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