Browns sign rookie Jacob Phillips

The Cleveland Browns signed third-round linebacker Jacob Phillips to a four-year contract.

What It Means:

Phillips was taken by the Browns with the 97th pick after he led the SEC in tackles (113) as a junior for last year's National Champion LSU Tigers. He only missed 5-of-75 potential tackles and earned Pro Football Focus' fifth-best tackling grade out of 460 qualifiers. Phillips could potentially compete for a starting role as a rookie.

numberFire's models expect Phillips to record 81.4 tackles, 0.6 sacks, and 1.2 pass deflections as a rookie. The Browns D/ST is 18th in our preseason fantasy rankings.