Don’t Try This At Home: Smoot, Phillips (Illinois)

-by Hugo

EDGE Dawuane Smoot
Illinois
6’3” 263#, with average arm length and a stocky frame.
Team captain.
Lined up mostly at LDE in a 3-point stance.

Pros:

  • Sudden out of his stance. Stays low. Can knife into the backfield when he times the snap.
  • Always working to defeat blocks. Active hands, moves feet.
  • Looks comfortable in space, runs hard. Should be able to learn how to drop into coverage in the flats.
  • Has nascent pass rushing skills. Shows a push-pull and a rip move. Looks like he could be a good technician in the pros.
  • Plays with an edge. Doesn’t try to go around blockers.

Cons:

  • More sudden than he is powerful. When he doesn’t get a quick jump off the ball, he struggles to defeat offensive tackles.
  • Surprisingly poor power player for a player who profiles to be one. No bull rush to speak of.
  • Doesn’t have a nose for the ball. Ran himself out of some running plays.
  • Struggles to stay low when fighting blocks in space. Maybe he could benefit from NFL strength and conditioning?

A senior with a subpar athletic profile, Smoot is the kind of edge player who could be available to the Patriots early on Day 3. He is physical, and reminds me a bit of Jabaal Sheard. I think Smoot’s best position might be 3-technique defensive tackle on passing downs. On early downs he would be a rotational edge defender.

Grade: 45 (late Day 2-early Day 3)

EDGE Carroll Phillips Illinois
6’3” 240#, with a narrow build.
Looks like a move tight end.
Lined up at RDE. Came off the field when Illinois opponents were in the red zone, as well as on some 3rd and short plays.

Pros:

  • Impressive speed in a straight line for an edge defender.
  • Needs a small window to turn the corner around tackles
  • Doesn’t take plays off. Makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
  • Strong tackler.

Cons:

  • Severely undersized and will need to become a full-time linebacker.
  • Lousy punch, struggles to control blockers. Will be dominated at the point of attack.
  • Does not challenge tackles with his speed at the collegiate level. High sack total but infrequently generates non-sack pressure.
  • Frequently ends up on the ground.
  • Tested poorly at the scouting combine.

Phillips was ultra-productive in college, but reviewing his “tape” it is hard to see that continuing at the next level. He is a run-and-chase player rather than a down lineman, and has zero experience dropping into coverage. His best chance at an NFL career will be starting on special teams and developing from there.

Grade: 20 (not draftable)

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But why would Revis want to play at a bargain price? The Jets are on the hook to pay Revis $6 million, less anything he makes from another team. Which means that if Revis plays for less than $6 million, he’s effectively playing for free.
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Has Revis really done a 180 though? Seems to me he still wants as much money as he can get.Report

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His playing last year was awful, the biggest question is that if he lost some speed or if he lost the passion for the game?.Report

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Revis is done as a #1 shutdown corner. If he’s motivated, he could probably be a pretty good #2 that gets help over the top.
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I agree that Revis still could be a #2. Revis had a bad year but I am not convinced that he couldn’t have a bounce back year at 32.Report

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The big problem is not only that. Revis is gonna earn 6 million this season from the Jets, unless he signs with some other team.
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Has Patriot’s legend Revis to the Pats been discussed?Report

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Say the Saints really want to sign Butler but don’t want to give up the 11 and the Pats don’t want to accept 32. The Saints could theoretically trade the 11 to someone else for like a 2nd and future first or whatever they deem fair value and then sign Butler and the Pats would have to accept the 32. That’s what I would do if I was the Saints. Of course, Payton may not be there for another year. Only BB can do those mad genius kind of deals.Report

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The Patriots still have the opportunity to match the contract though therefore negating the Saints attempt. Even still, it is a steep price to pay for Butler if they make the attempt.Report

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Wow! Didn’t realize the Pats could still benefit from Hernandass

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Butler plays for Pats this year, for 3.9 mil…a steal – while he bust-iz-azz to earn his UFA money NEXT YEAR

Pats aren’t without a 1st-rounder this year…they drafted some guy named Cooks, with that. Who cares if they don’t pick until round-3?
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My guess on Butler is that the Saints didn’t offer him what he wants. This is why Payton was saying so many nice things about him, like a sales pitch. It’s looking like, even though the Pats want to trade him, Butler will be here one more season.Report

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I think so too. The noise from his camp has been quiet for days now. He’s going to be back here and hopefully we sign him long term.Report

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Trying to negotiate a long term deal with another team may also have changed his perspective on the Pats.Report

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I don’t think its out of the question at all. I think BB and co are playing this very much like Hightower. Allow his agent to gauge numbers and go from there – or allow them to convince a team to sign a offer sheet, and see if the Patriots will match.Report

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3rd round prospects for the pats: Austin carr, slot receiver from Northwestern
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Surprised you have Carr as a third. PatsPulpit did a profile on him yesterday; he’s widely projected to go undrafted. I wouldn’t mind him on Day 3 though.
http://www.patspulpit.com/2017/3/17/14932632/northwestern-pro-day-2017-can-wr-austin-carr-be-the-patriots-next-late-round-slot-machine-amendola

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Only Weredingoes.Report

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Northwestern Vermont.Report

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Is this working?Report

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i wanna know whats gonna happen with Malcolm already =Report

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He’s going to play under the first round tender for the Pats and ball out. Next year he’ll get a huge contract with the saints and we’ll get a 3rd round pick.Report

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(oh and another Lombardi for us.)Report

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why would we get a 3rd round pick?Report

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Compensatory selection.Report

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why not just negotiate to get our 32nd pick back this year and let him go nowReport

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Because he can help us win a SB championship this year. And I believe he’s worth more than a 32 but the Saints don’t want to give us 11 for him.Report

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im all for loading up and i love this offseason so far but BB won’t go for that if he can get a first rounder back for him.Report

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Well, I don’t know if that’s true anymore. Did I see a Lombardi tweet today that predicted Butler would be on the Pats this year? Maybe BB would rather play it out under my scenario. I guess we will see.Report

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idc about any of these silly media people’s predictions because they’re always wrong.Report

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I’d be content with either scenario.Report

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You’re very agreeable Dingo….except when it comes to eating babies.Report

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Malcolm is still in the middle of negotiations.Report

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Radio silence.Report

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roger thatReport

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He was a good dude.Report

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I, as well. he is a kind soul.Report

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Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Jets made an initial offer of up to $62.5 million over five years. After the physical, however, it became clear that the total dollars and (more importantly) the guarantees wouldn’t ultimately get to the point where Hightower would accept.

The Jets didn’t drop out but they were concerned, the source explained. The Patriots, conversely, knew about any potential medical issues and were comfortable proceeding.Report

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Why would a team pay $62.5M for a LB when they aren’t going to win even 6 games?Report

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Unless they had no intention of signing him, and were upping the ante to force the Pats to overpay for him.Report

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Dan Shaughnessy is calling Judge Berman a fanboy. I can think of a few choice words to call Shaughnessy.Report

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“Shamelessy”?Report

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Favorite Falcon exchange during SB….

Mohammed Sanu: They never met anything like this
Taylor Gabriel: It’s Tom Brady, though.
Mohamed Sanu: Man we about to put up 45 on they ass, they never seen anything like this.
Taylor Gabriel: We got to.

Gabriel respected the GOAT.Report

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Interesting article by Reiss on Harmon. He did indeed go out on FA visits, but really wanted to be a Patriot.

http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4801975/duron-harmon-on-return-to-pats-they-know-how-to-get-the-best-out-of-meReport

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Are his tackling issues really weight-related though? Seems to me like he just whiffs.Report

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May be he is afraid to tackle.Report

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Yeah I don’t really recollect him getting steamrolled by anyone.Report

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Maybe it’s a mental thing. More weight -> more confidence -> head up a second longer.Report

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Yes, this is what I meant.Report

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Part of why BB signing him again seemed like a long shot to me. You’d think other teams would be less put off by his tackling misadventures than BB.Report

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BB seems to demand fundamentally better tacklers.Report

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I guess not.Report

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Yep. It’s good to have another doctor’s opinion when a player gets hurt. This is yuge.Report

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