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Instant Analysis: Phillip Dillard

Finally! A linebacker! Phillip Dillard was the Giants fourth round pick. We didn’t do a prospect profile on him, but here’s what Sporting News had to say:

Strengths: Shows good instincts. Consistently reads plays correctly and quickly, allowing him to play faster than his 40 time. Displays the quickness to make plays between the hash marks. Is tough and strong at the point of attack, using his hands well to jolt blockers, stay free and make tackles. Moves well through traffic. Picks up running backs and fullbacks in the flat.

Weaknesses: Is a straight-line athlete who shows stiff hip movement. Struggles to break down and make open-field tackles. Tends to be upright when chasing ballcarriers and thus overruns tackles. Lacks the athleticism and speed to cover running backs and tight ends man-to-man downfield. Lacks elite speed to make plays along the sideline.

Bottom line: Dillard grabs your attention with his ability to shed blockers and make tackles on inside runs. He is a tough, hard-nosed inside linebacker who plays with the aggressiveness coaches love. He lacks the athleticism to be a top pick and likely will fall into the fourth or fifth round. He projects as a solid starter inside in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

He’s probably a 2 down thumper, but that’s okay. He’ll compete with Jon Goff for that starting spot, and I think he could win it. He sheds blockers well, is really aggressive. The lack of athleticism is a bit concerning, but he has the talent. He’s been hurt, but in his senior season had 90 tackles. I don’t like that he has trouble running with a running backs and tight ends–but Jon Goff can do that, and that’s why I think Goff will be somewhat of a 3rd down linebacker. Dillard will thump in the middle and do a good job.

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5 Responses to “Instant Analysis: Phillip Dillard”

  1. BlueManFla says:


    Sounds like he should be named Antonio Wilkenson. Always hurt and cant cover backs.

    Well… can’t have everything. At least he has the ILB designation next to his name.

  2. alex says:

    Let’s be real goff is going to be the starter I honestly hope wilkinson wins it and stays healthy but I just don’t see this kid beating out goff

  3. jeremy P. says:

    I love the pick. He will be a beast behind our “improved” D-line.

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