The Cleveland Browns selected LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips with the 97th pick in the third round.
Phillips was a two-year starter for LSU leading the SEC with 113 tackles (7.5 for a loss). In 2018, he had 87 tackles in 12 games and also had an interception-return touchdown.
He’s a physical linebacker with straight line speed but could improve in his coverage skills although he’s always around the football. Should be an immediate special teams contributor.
HOW PHILLIPS FITS INTO THE LINEBACKER ROOM
Phillips will obviously be pegged as someone who can hopefully contribute in the future as the position group is very questionable. Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson are hoping to make a jump in their second season and the team signed B.J. Goodson in free agency but he was a role player in Green Bay.
The Phillips pick is an interesting one but at 97 it was worth the selection at this point in the draft. The Browns needed to add something into the linebacker room and still need to add another whether it’s in the draft or bringing in another veteran through free agency.
Phillips should contribute right away on special teams and with his knack to always be around the football, you would hope his coverage skills will improve under this coaching staff to where he’ll get an opportunity to compete with Takitaki and Wilson for snaps.