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Philip Blake Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 10 - 2012
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Philip Blake"Philip Blake

Baylor

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 320

Pass Blocking:  Philip Blake does an excellent job of playing low with a solid base in pass protection.  He keeps his pads low and wins leverage battles.  He’s quick to re-set when he’s beat initially.  He possesses a ton of power and once his hands are engaged he’s tough to break free from.  He lacks the athleticism to mirror quicker DT’s.  He needs to become more efficient with his hands as he has a tendency to get lazy with them allowing defenders into his body.

Run Blocking:  Blake’s a big body center with a solid base.  He sits in his stance well and stays sticky through contact.  He has surprising short area quickness for a guy this size.  Ideal fit in a power running scheme.  He’s not a great move blocker and struggles breaking down in the second level.  He gets a little high into contact with a tendency to fall off blocks.

Technique:  His technique falters because of a lack of athleticism.  He can get sloppy with his footwork when he wears down.  His hand placement is generally solid with sticky hands.  I suspect major improvement in this area when the game slows down.  He played in an up tempo offense that wasn’t suited for his style of play.

Athleticism/Strength:  Blake is bull strong with a thick lower body and excellent base strength.  He carries his weight fairly well.  He’s not overly athletic but not bad for his size.  He looks to be better suited in a power running attack than as a move blocker.

Bottom Line:  Philip Blake is quickly rising up draft boards with a solid showing at the Senior Bowl.  He’s tough to judge on tape because of fit in system.  For my money, he’s the second best center in this draft and someone could be getting a steal late on day two.

Draft Projection:  3

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