It's hard to imagine how much of a stud this guy would be if he didn't suffer from an arthritic knee condition in 2009 that kept him out for the last 11 games of the season. He was actually out for three games prior to that, but the news came after the 5-0 start.
Phillips came in in 2008 and eventually won the starting safety job as a rookie and had a better than expected season. The dynamic athlete from "The U" showed great instincts for the ball and proved he can come in the box and stop the run.
He looked like he was going to be one of the best safeties in the league in the very near future. Then, 2009 happened.
After the Giants started 5-0, they got crushing news when Phillips was lost for the season with the aforementioned knee injury. They were never the same with C.C. Brown (aka Can't Cover) in the lineup.
Fast forward to the 2010 season. The Giants brought in Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant, both proven safeties, and drafted Chad Jones in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Kenny Phillips knew he had something to prove.
He played the entire season with a chip on his shoulder and finished with 77 tackles and an interception while sharing the safety duties with Rolle and Grant.
He wasn't completely healthy, but he showed improvement.
This was a very good pick, and the Giants got one of the best players in the first round that year despite picking 31st.
Grade: A- (would be A+ if not for the injury)