Jaelan Phillips steals Miami Hurricanes Pro Day

Oct 10, 2020; Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2020; Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports /

Without the NFL Scouting Combine in 2021 due to COVID-19 pro days have taken on added importance this year. The six Miami Hurricanes who participated in Pro Day at the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility on Monday. Miami defensive ends Jaelan Phillips and Greg Rousseau are projected as first-round NFL Draft Picks.

Phillips and Rousseau participated in Pro Day with DE Quincy Roche, former Miami Hurricanes tight end Brevin Jordan, defensive tackle Chigozie Nnoruka who last played for the Hurricanes in 2019 and kicker Jose Borregales. Phillips put up numbers that were indicative of the expectations of him being a first-round pick.

Phillips and Rousseau are widely thought to be the top two edge rushers in the 2021 NFL Draft. Roche is being projected as a second-day pick in the second or third round of the NFL Draft. Miami Pro Day was televised live on the ACC Network. The Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland live on ABC and ESPN.

Miami Pro Day was attended by many NFL dignitaries. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and New England Patriots legendary boss Bill Belichick were in attendance at Soffer. After two big trades last week, the Dolphins now choose sixth and 18th in the first round. New England has the 15th pick in the first round.


Per Armando Salguero of the Sun-Sentinel General Managers, Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals, Rick Spielman of the Minnesota Vikings and Jon Robinson of the Tennessee Titans were also in attendance. Arizona picks 16th in the first round, Minnesota 14th and Tennessee holds the 22nd pick.

The length and athleticism that Phillips and Rousseau possess were confirmed by their measurables and performance at Pro Day. Their status in the NFL Draft looks good for the Miami Hurricanes football program and will hopefully help recruiting in the future.

The lack of a combine will not allow the participants at Miami Pro Day to compare themselves to other players nationally. Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy stated on the NFL Network in an interview with host Jordan Cornette that the performance by Phillips allows him to keep pace with the other highly ranked DEs.

The 40-yard dash times put in by Phillips were more fitting of a wide receiver than an edge rusher. There is a reason that Phillips was the consensus top-ranked recruit nationally when he signed with UCLA in 2017. Phillips was the unquestioned star at Miami Pro Day and routinely drew praise from ACC Network analysts.

Rousseau spoke to the ACC Network at the end of the two-hour telecast and stated that his versatility and how far he has come from super skinny 220 pounds to nearly 270 entering the NFL Draft. Phillips and Rousseau can become the first-pair of college teammates at DE selected in the first round.

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Phillips appeared on the ACC Network with their panel following Rousseau. He stated he wants to dip into his pad level more and increase his pass rush moves. Phillips stated he enjoys watching elite pass rushers and mentioned J.J. Watt, Joey and Nick Bosa and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.