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Emory Blake, WR

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Austin, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 189 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

Unfortunately, for all of Blake's collegiate success he lacks the elite combination of size and speed to get scouts excited about his NFL future. Blake may have caught the longest scoring pass in Auburn history (94 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe) but he's a long-strider who builds up speed rather than accelerating instantly. He relies on shoulder fakes and body positioning rather than true explosiveness as a route-runner, as well.

The one thing that Blake does well -- and this will give him a shot in the NFL -- is that he adjusts to the ball nicely, showing good body control, leaping ability and soft, reliable hands to pull in passes. Blake will be looked upon to enjoy career-highs again in 2012 and his success against SEC competition shouldn't be ignored. However, he's more of a day three (rounds 4-7) prospect than his hype might lead one to believe.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

As Cam Newton's favorite target in 2010, Blake has made quite a name for himself over his Auburn career.

He led the team in touchdown receptions (eight) during the Tigers' national championship season despite finishing third on the team in both receptions (33) and receiving yards (554). Most memorable was that Blake seemed capable of making the big plays when Auburn needed them most, including the first touchdown in their monumental comeback victory over Alabama, as well as touchdowns against South Carolina in the SEC championship and Oregon in the BCS title game.

In all, Blake caught touchdowns in seven consecutive games over the course of the 2010-11 seasons and proved last year in hauling in 36 passes for 613 yards (both career-highs that led the team) and five touchdowns that he didn't need Newton to be successful.

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03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Emory was one of 14 former Auburn players who participated in pro day Tuesday, a group that included defensive end Corey Lemonier, Lutzenkirchen, running back Onterio McCalebb and linebacker Daren Bates. He was the only one whose father was part of the action. In the biggest workout of his life, Emory ran an unofficial 4.62-second, 40-yard dash along with a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. His 40-yard time didn't reach expectations. "No, I'm not OK with it," said Blake, who wanted to run a 4.5-second dash. "I'm slightly disappointed because I ran faster before, and I could've done a better job. But, you know, there's nothing I can do about it now. I did my best today, and I still felt like I had a solid day." Yet, moments after playing catch with his dad, Emory couldn't help but smile. It had always been the plan, since the days Emory was a child catching fades in his Jeff's oversized Cincinnati Bengals jersey. Jeff said he didn't have to prepare much for his part. His natural ability to sling the football never left, something he proved while tossing bullets Tuesday. They talked about it through the years, looking ahead to the day Emory would get his shot to play in the league his dad called home. "It's something that I always planned," Emory said. "Sometimes you don't know how the old man's going to hold up, but he's held up nice. So it was an easy decision for me. He's always thrown the ball well, and still throws the ball well. - Ryan Wood, Opelika-Auburn News

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