Jaelan Phillips
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Phillips in 2021
No. 15 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1999-05-28) May 28, 1999 (age 22)
Redlands, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school:Redlands East Valley
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:42
Pass deflections:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jaelan Everett Phillips (born May 28, 1999) is an American football outside linebacker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).

Phillips played college football at UCLA for two seasons before medically retiring after 2018 due to sustaining several concussions and other injuries. He then studied music production at the Los Angeles City College before transferring to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2019, where he also returned to football and played for the Miami Hurricanes. Phillips was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Phillips was born in Redlands, California, on May 28, 1999, and attended Redlands East Valley High School, where he finished with 264 tackles, 31.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.[1] Considered the top high school football prospect from the class of 2017, he received over 20 scholarship offers before committing to UCLA.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jaelan Phillips
Redlands, CA Redlands East Valley HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Apr 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5/5 stars
5/5 stars
5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 2 (WDE)  ESPN: 1 (OLB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "UCLA Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.

College career

Phillips with UCLA in 2017.
Phillips with UCLA in 2017.

As a true freshman in 2017, Phillips played in seven games and recorded 21 tackles (seven for loss), 2 pass deflections, and 3.5 sacks.[3] As a sophomore in 2018, he played in four games before a concussion ended his season. After several other injuries, including being hit by a car while riding a moped, Phillips medically retired from football in December 2018 and enrolled at the Los Angeles City College to study music production.[4][5][6]

In 2019, Phillips transferred to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with the intent to also play football for the Hurricanes.[5][7] He would sit out of the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules but would start in 2020, where he finished with 45 tackles, 8 sacks, and an interception. He was named a second-team All-American and All-ACC and was considered a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. He chose to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and entered the 2021 NFL Draft.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+12 in
(1.97 m)
260 lb
(118 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.58 s 1.59 s 2.69 s 4.18 s 7.13 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Draft[8][9]

Phillips was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (18th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[10] He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $14 million, on June 9, 2021.[11]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2021 MIA 17 5 42 23 19 8.5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Career[12] 17 5 42 23 19 8.5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1