• My Scores
  • NHL
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • Golf
  • NCAA BB
  • NCAA FB
2015 NFL DRAFT

Phillip Gaines, CB

School: Rice  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Converse, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 193 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6372
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/87 - Phillip Gaines, CB, 6-1, 185, Rice...A team in today's NFL can't have enough pass rushers or talented players in pass coverage. After getting their rusher in the first round, the Chiefs picked up a coverage guy in the third. He may be a reach given that in 52 games and 40 starts Gaines finished his college career with just four interceptions, all in his senior season. But he did set a school record for passes broken up (36) during a career with the Owls. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Rice University has never been considered a football factory, especially at the cornerback position. Before the Chiefs selected Phillip Gaines in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft at pick No. 87, the most recent Rice cornerback to be drafted was Mike Tyler, taken in the 17th round (pick No. 432) by Detroit in 1972. Coming out of Converse, Tex., and the powerhouse school-boy program at Judson High School, Gaines said he ended up at Rice for three reasons: "The education, the location so they (family) could see every game and the opportunity to play early," Gaines said. "Looking back it was probably the best decision of my life."

In two different incidents, Chiefs second-round draft choice Phillip Gaines was arrested and suspended for situations involving marijuana possession during his college career at Rice. He was placed on one-year probation in 2011 and did not play in the 2013 season opener, serving a one-game suspension. Gaines and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey did not run away from that history after he was selected. "There is nothing to hide from," said Gaines. "I did it. I'll own up to it every day for the rest of my life." Dorsey mentioned that as a junior and senior, Gaines had been named captain of the Rice squad. "Any time you are a two-time captain to me that says volumes," Dorsey said. "When you've owned up to your past indiscretions as a young man then you've earned the respect back from everyone in that institution, I'm OK with that." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 63/7. Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice, 6-0, 193, 4.31, 2...Two-time, All-CUSA selection set a school career record by breaking up 38 passes, 27 in last two years. Played in 52 career games, started 40, including the final 35 consecutive. In 2013, he was targeted 40 times, allowed 13 catches and stole four passes. Missed best chance to show skills when suspended for season opener vs. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel-to-Mike Evans tandem. Added eight pounds to get to 193 at combine and probably could handle -- and use -- more of the same. Frankly: Gaines has the skills, speed (his best combine time was 4.31 seconds in 40 yards) and discipline to be an NFL starter, but his most intriguing trait is getting to the ball on so many plays. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Phillip Gaines, Rice, 6-0, 193, 4.38...Two-time, All-CUSA selection set a school career record by breaking up 38 passes, 27 in last two years. Played in 52 career games, started 40, including the final 35 consecutive. In 2013, targeted 40 times, allowed 13 catches and stole four passes. Missed best chance to show skills when suspended for season opener vs. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel-to-Mike Evans tandem. Added eight pounds to get to 193 at combine and probably could handle -- and use -- more of the same. Frankly: Gaines has the skills, speed (Indy best of 4.31 seconds in 40 yards) and discipline to be an NFL starter, but his most intriguing trait is getting to the ball on so many plays. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice: Inconsistent play in the secondary led to the 49ers allowing veterans Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers to leave via free agency. The team remains high on youngsters Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock but may find Gaines' length (6-0, 193) and speed (4.38) too intriguing to pass up with one of three picks in a 21-selection run through the second and third rounds (picks 56, 61 and 77).

Gaines, a 45-game starter, is a natural cover corner with the fluid hips and light feet to match up with speedy playmakers in the division like Seattle's Percy Harvin and St. Louis' Tavon Austin. Gaines has generated some momentum during the build-up to the draft as he demonstrated his pure athleticism in workouts to back up his dominance on the field. The two-time All-Conference USA pick was particularly impressive as a senior, allowing just 13 receptions in 40 targeted throws during the year. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Phillip Gaines, Rice, Sr.,...Gaines earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year, becomeing the Owls first repeat selection since Jarett Dillard was a three-time choice from 2006-08. He led the team with four interceptions this year while combining with Callahan to shut down many of the conference's top receiving threats. He only allowed 13 receptions in 40 targeted throws during the year. - Rice football

12/10/2013 - Conference USA announced its 2013 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches. All 14 schools were represented with at least one selection and 10 placed at least one player on the first team. C-USA champion Rice produced the most total selections with 10, while East Division champion Marshall had nine. Rice and North Texas each had the most first team choices with five, followed by Marshall and Tulane with four.

Rice's 10 selections include five on each side of the ball. Highlighting the first team choices are senior RB Charles Ross (league's leader in rushing yards per game at 113.8 and rushing touchdowns with 14), sophomore DL Christian Covington (51 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks) and senior DB Phillip Gaines (four interceptions and 11 passes defended). Senior C Nate Richards and senior LS Trevor Gillette also were listed on the first team. - Conference USA Football

07/21/2013 - 2013 CONFERENCE USA PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Phillip Gaines, Sr., DB, Rice...The 2012 season was a breakout campaign for Gaines, as he returned to his role as the Owls' leader in the defensive backfield after missing most of 2011 with an injury. Gaines was a consensus All-Conference USA selection after leading the league and finishing second nationally with 18 pass breakups. His pass breakups saved 38 points from scoring (6 TD passes plus a two-point attempt in a tow-point win over Tulane). Gaines led the conference and was tied for eighth nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game. His career PBU total of 29 coming into the season is the most in school history. The 29 PBU's are tied for the 10th-most in NCAA history since the statistic was first tracked in 2003. - C-USA football

07/21/2013 - 2013 CONFERENCE USA PRESEASON FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Phillip Gaines, Sr., Rice...Gaines was a consensus All-Conference USA selection after leading the league and finishing second nationally with 18 pass breakups. Gaines led the conference and was tied for eighth nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game. His career PBU total of 29 coming into the season is the most in school history. The 29 PBU's are tied for the 10th-most in NCAA history since the statistic was first tracked in 2003. - Rice football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DB Phillip Gaines, Rice...The 2012 season was a breakout campaign for Gaines, as he returned to his role as the Owls' leader in the defensive backfield after missing most of 2011 with an injury. Gaines was a consensus All-Conference USA selection after leading the league and finishing second nationally with 18 pass breakups. Gaines led the conference and was tied for eighth nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game. His career PBU total of 29 coming into the season is the most in school history. The 29 PBU's are tied for the 10th-most in NCAA history since the statistic was first tracked in 2003. - Rice football

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice...The 2012 season was a breakout campaign for Gaines, as he returned to his role as the Owls' leader in the defensive backfield after missing most of 2011 with an injury. He was a consensus All-Conference USA selection and a member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football's postseason All-Texas College team after he led C-USA and was second nationally with 18 pass breakups. That total does not include the most important breakup of the year, his stripping of a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt by Tulane with less than a minute in the two-point win. His pass breakups saved 38 points from scoring (6 TD passes plus the two-point attempt).

The Converse, Texas native led the conference and was tied for eighth nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game. Gaines' PBU total is seven more than his career total coming into the season and are already the most in school history. They also are tied for the 10th most in NCAA history since the statistic was first tracked in 2003. Gaines has also been named a preseason all-conference selection by Athlon Sports heading into the 2013 campaign. He was named the Owls' 2012 team MVP in April, receiving the George Martin Award. - Rice football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/87 - Phillip Gaines, CB, 6-1, 185, Rice...A team in today's NFL can't have enough pass rushers or talented players in pass coverage. After getting their rusher in the first round, the Chiefs picked up a coverage guy in the third. He may be a reach given that in 52 games and 40 starts Gaines finished his college career with just four interceptions, all in his senior season. But he did set a school record for passes broken up (36) during a career with the Owls. - The Sports Xchange
 

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's New England Patriots Nike Navy Blue 2014 AFC East Division Champions T-Shirt

Free 3-Day Shipping over $100!
Use code 3DAY100
Get their favorite team gear
Shop Now

Fantasy Games