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Kentucky DB Andru Phillips might be second-round lock in 2024 NFL Draft

Adam Luckettby:Adam Luckett04/15/24


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Some were surprised when Kentucky cornerback Andru Phillips decided to enter the 2024 NFL Draft after his redshirt junior season. That ended up being a fairly wise decision.

Since playing his final game for Kentucky in the Gator Bowl, Andru Phillips has crushed the pre-draft process. Phillips was a top performer at the Senior Bowl, tested well at the combine, and that could end in a high draft slot.

NFL Network Mike Garafolo believes that the Kentucky product will be a “likely second-round pick” on Day 2 at the NFL Draft.

Andru Phillips has a very busy week ahead of him with visits set with the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, and San Francisco 49ers. Phillips is looked at as one of the best nickel cornerbacks in this class, and that is a position that is valued heavily in professional football. Phillips could be primed to become the third Kentucky defensive back to come off the board in the second half joining Lonnie Johnson and Kelvin Joseph.

The Mauldin (S.C.) High product was a three-star recruit in the class of 2020 who picked Kentucky over other interest from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville, NC State, and Georgia. The legacy recruit followed his father’s footsteps. Carlos Phillips played linebacker at Kentucky under Jerry Claiborne.

Phillips finished his collegiate with 38 games and 16 starting assignments. The defensive back recorded 82 career tackles and 10 pass breakups. The class of 2020 signee is the heavy favorite to become Kentucky’s first draft pick in 2024.

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 25.

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