Utah's Clark Phillips III ranked inside the top 30 NFL Draft prospects
Utah standout Clark Phillips III has a first-round grade from ESPN’s NFL Draft expert Todd McShay in his latest prospect rankings.
McShay has yet to put out a mock draft for the 2023 NFL Draft, but he has been frequently updating his prospect rankings, and he still has Phillips as a top-30 prospect after sitting out the Rose Bowl. In his mid-December update, Phillips was No. 28. Now, he’s No. 30
Here’s what McShay wrote on Phillips:
Phillips has the oily hips, quick feet and balance to shadow slot receivers, and he closes well and limits production after the catch when breaking on passes. He reads the quarterback well but gets nosy and caught out of position at times. And while Phillips uses his frame to widen out receivers, his size raises concerns about his ability to win 50-50 balls downfield. His six interceptions — tied for third in the country and including a pair of pick-six TDs — might prove otherwise, though.
Phillips arrived at Utah from La Habra, California as an elite recruit who chose Utah over Ohio State.
The 5-foot-10 cover corner then turned in a phenomenal three-year career that saw him start 31 of a possible 33 games.
Phillips was a unanimous All-American in 2022, the first defender in program history to earn the distinction. He ended the season with 24 tackles — including two tackles for loss and a sack — to go with six interceptions and six pass breakups. He also had a pair of pick-sixes on the year, giving him four career interception returns for touchdowns.
He declared for the NFL Draft a week after the Pac-12 Championship Game win for Utah. The 2023 Draft begins on April 27. The second and third rounds will take place on April 28, with the remaining four rounds on April 29.