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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Review - CB Clark Phillips III


Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News




Player Description



Name: Clark Phillips III Position: Cornerback

College: Utah Uniform Number: #1

Class: Sophomore Height: 5-10

Weight: 180 lbs Projected Round: Late 1st to early 2nd

 

Strengths:

  • Fundamentally sound cornerback

  • Phenomenal route recognition skills

  • Twitchy, explosive athlete

  • Elite closing speed and burst

  • Fluid with his transition from backpedal

  • Near-flawless in zone coverage

  • Highly instinctive - able to diagnose plays before they unfold

  • Seamless change of direction skills

  • Patient and disciplined

  • Tremendous football IQ

  • High-level ball skills

  • Terrific read-and-react skills

  • Physical at the catch point

  • High competitive spirit


 

Weaknesses:


At a little over 5'10, there are real concerns about Phillips III on the outside. Though his long speed is good enough to keep up with receivers on the outside, he does not possess the requisite length that would allow him to win 50/50 balls against taller, longer receivers. Due to his lack of length, he is somewhat inconsistent in disengaging from blocks, making him vulnerable on screen. At times, he can look lost when transitioning out of his backpedal in open space.

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