UCLA football wide receiver Kyle Philips has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft, he announced on social media Tuesday. Philips had two years of eligibility remaining, but walked during Senior Day back during the regular season finale’s pregame festivities and had been expected to try for the NFL this spring.
Philips’ decision to leave Westwood also makes him the first skill position player to depart out of the Bruins’ top weapons. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, running back Zach Charbonnet and tight end Greg Dulcich also have to decide whether or not declare by Jan. 17, as do left tackle Sean Rhyan, edge rusher Mitchell Agude and safety Quentin Lake.
Philips posted a career year in 2021, leading the Pac-12 with 10 receiving touchdowns in addition to his 739 yards on 59 catches. On special teams, Philips returned nine punts for 203 yards and a touchdown.
First arriving on campus back in 2018, Philips redshirted his freshman year. He burst onto the scene in 2019 and never let up, finishing his collegiate career with 157 receptions, 1,790 yards, and 17 touchdowns as a wideout in addition to 460 yards and two touchdowns on 23 punt returns.