TCU LB Phillips Becomes Newest Raven


Texas Christian University linebacker Jason Phillips became the newest member of the Ravens on Sunday, as Baltimore spent their first fifth-round pick on the 6-foot-1, 239-pounder.

The Ravens traded their fourth- (123rd overall) and sixth-round (198th) picks to the New England Patriots for the chance to have two spots in the fifth round.

The fifth-round picks (137th and 141st) originally belonged to the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.

Phillips, who led the Horned Frogs with 84 tackles last year, projects to be a middle linebacker in Baltimore's defense.

The four-time All-Mountain West Conference honoree can immediately help the Ravens on special teams while he plays his way on to the defense.

An explosive tackler, Phillips recently had surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee, but he should be fully recovered for training camp.

Phillips provides depth behind Ray LewisTavares Gooden and Brendon Ayanbadejo at middle linebacker.

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