Phillip Merling Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2008 Prospects > DE > Phillip Merling

Phillip Merling Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: ACC
School: Clemson Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #94
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 280 lbs.
Drafted 2.1 in 2008 by MIA

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson

Phillip Merling has decided to fore go his senior season at Clemson and enter the NFL Draft. The 6-5, 280 pound defensive end has done an amazing job of getting into the backfield. During his junior year, he recorded 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Even when he doesn't get to the quarterback, he will constantly apply pressure and disrupt the opposing offense. He can even be effective dropping back in pass coverage and has decent hands after playing tight end at prep school. During his sophomore year, Merling started to show his potential, tallying ten tackles for loss and three sacks. His senior campaign would have been even better, but he is ready for the NFL right now. He is a big 280 pounds for an end, but he is still surprisingly quick and nimble for his size. Even if his physical skills are a notch below some of the other ends in the league, Merling is a smart player and can work most match-ups to his advantage. Merling was projected as a second round pick according to the NFL underclassmen advisory committee. With a good showing at the combine he can move his stock up a bit, but it will be a stretch to see him in the first round. 2/28 Update: Phillip Merling was quickly climbing up draft boards prior to the NFL Combine. Some even had the defensive end as a top ten overall player in the class. With a deep class at end, Merling's poor strength performance at the Combine could move him beneath a few other ends on some team's draft boards. 3/28 Update: A sports hernia kept Phillip Merling on the sidelines during Clemson's Pro Day. His limited amount of working out prior to the draft is a concern and that is slowly sliding him down the draft boards from his peak at the top of his class for defensive ends. Still he is a probable first round selection and his inability to show his stuff has slowed his ascent up the draft boards, but it has not done enough to drop him too far. Chris Long, Vernon Gholston and possibly Derrick Harvey or Calais Campbell might be selected before him, but that will not drop Merling past the early picks of the second round. 4/18 Update: Phillip Merling continues to see his stock drop due to a sports hernia injury. Despite his inability to workout for scouts, Merling should not drop out of the first round. He could go as early as 17th overall to the Minnesota Vikings who are in desperate need of a defensive end. Even if Minnesota passes on Merling, teams like Washington, Tennessee or Jacksonville will likely to grab him soon after. 4/18 Update: Phillip Merling continues to see his stock drop due to a sports hernia injury. Despite his inability to workout for scouts, Merling should not drop out of the first round. He could go as early as 17th overall to the Minnesota Vikings who are in desperate need of a defensive end. Even if Minnesota passes on Merling, teams like Washington, Tennessee or Jacksonville will likely to grab him soon after.

Last Updated Apr-17-2008 by Joel Welser

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