2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Kyle Philips

Kyle Phillips | UCLA 5’11” 189 lbs. | 06/17/1999 (Age 22)

Kyle Philips was drafted 163rd overall by the Tennessee Titans, becoming the 23rd wide receiver and 163rd overall player in the 2022 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

 Year  Games Played   Receptions   Yards   Yards/Catch   TDs 
 2018 (FR)  4  6  31  5.2  0
 2019 (SO)  11  60  681  11.4  5
 2020 (SO)    7  38  370  9.7  2
 2021 (JR)  11  59  739  12.5  10

After redshirting the 2018 season, Philips set a UCLA freshman record with 60 receptions in 2019. He also poured in 681 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He took a bit of a step back in 2020 but bounced back for a first-team All-Pac-12 Conference season in 2021. He led the Bruins with 59 receptions for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns. Philips ended his collegiate career fourth all-time in UCLA football’s history with 163 career receptions. 

STRENGTHS

Great at getting open against press coverage. Above-average potential as a punt-returner. Averaged 19-plus yards per punt return with two career touchdowns. 

WEAKNESSES 

Slow-paced route-runner who needs to be more efficient with his footwork. Doesn’t separate well and can only line up in the slot. Lacks ideal length, and doesn’t often come away with 50/50 balls. 

ATHLETIC TESTING

At the NFL combine, Philips measured in at 5’11” and 189 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 26.4. He ran a 4.58 40-yard dash (38th percentile), which at his height and weight equates to an 80.0-speed score (11th percentile). Philips also recorded a 119.0 burst score (38th percentile), a 10.84 agility score (91st percentile), a 9.91 catch radius (35th percentile), and a college dominator of 38.6 percent (78th percentile). 

Philips lacks ideal speed and length for his position. He doesn’t possess any elite traits, but he makes up for it with his determination and work ethic on and off the field. 

DRAFT ANALYSIS 

Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Fair

Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Good

Philips was selected with the 163rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

In a wide receiver moving on from A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Philips enters a room with Treylon Burks, Robert Woods, and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. 

FANTASY INSIGHTS

Philips gets a chance at competing for the WR3 spot for this team behind Burks and Woods. With Woods now in his 30’s, Philips could see WR2 production sooner rather than later. He brings upside, but he’s going to need to prove himself in a big way. Philips shouldn’t be a focus target in rookie drafts, but he’s worth a gamble in deep dynasty start-up leagues. 

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