With the last pick in the first round, the Giants selected this Miami product to replace departed safety Gibril Wilson.
Phillips received rave reviews for his performance in training camp, and it looked like the Giants had themselves a steal.
Although it took Phillips until mid-season to crack the starting lineup due to injury, he eventually settled nicely into a three man rotation with Michael Johnson and James Butler.
Entering the 2009 season, Phillips was primed for a breakout. Butler had left via free agency, and Phillips became the full time starter.
The youngster did not disappoint, recording two key interceptions in a week two win at the new Cowboys stadium.
Unfortunately that is the last game he played due to patellofemoral arthritis in his left knee.
Phillips' future is still in doubt; if he can come back fully healthy, he can be one of the top safeties in the game.
If not, he is a sad, familiar story of a talented player who couldn't overcome injuries.
(Phillips' injury is not reflected in the grade of his selection; GM Jerry Reese cannot be faulted)