2017 NFL Draft

Emory Blake, WR

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

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Emory Blake...In addition to a solid workout, Blake had a ringing endorsement from the man throwing him passes on Pro Day: his father and former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake. Emory Blake ran another sluggish 40, clocking in at 4.62 seconds. And yet, his vertical and broad jumps were second only to McCalebb. Blake also looked natural catching the ball, although his routes could have been more precise. The 6-foot-3-inch wideout may lack premiere speed, but with his hands and experience, Blake could have earned himself a late round selection as a possession receiver. - Andrew Yawn, The Auburn Plainsman

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: "Honestly, my dad throws probably the most perfect ball I've ever caught. It's never too heavy. A lot of quarterbacks like to stick it in and try to drill you. He's not trying to do that. He's just trying to make it a catchable ball. That makes it easy for me as a receiver, so I think it was a little bit of an advantage." Emory could have used some of those passes last fall. With Auburn struggling to find consistency from its quarterbacks, his numbers suffered. Emory finished with 50 catches and 789 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

Regardless, Jeff said his son is an NFL-caliber receiver. After playing for three professional teams, Jeff should know what it takes to be one. "He's a football player, and most (general managers) are looking for football players," Jeff said. "No matter how fast you are, no matter how high you jump. At the end of the day, can you make plays? That's what good GMs are looking for. They're looking for good football players who can make plays.

"You look at some of the top NFL receivers, they aren't blazing fast. Anquan Bolden's not blazing fast. Brandon Stokley's not blazing fast. I could name 10 more guys that are premier receivers in the NFL, and they're playmakers. That's what teams are looking for today, and I believe Emory is a good football player. He can make plays." - Ryan Wood, Opelika-Auburn News

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Wide receiver Emory Blake had a special advantage in the passing drills, as his father, NFL All-Pro quarterback Jeff Blake, threw to him. "It was just playing pitch and catch with my dad. I just had fun out there. Honestly, my dad throws the most perfect ball I've ever caught." Blake, whose marks included an unofficial 6.96 three-cone drill, 4.62 in the 40, 10'0" in the broad jump and 36.5' in the vertical jump, feels his family's experience with pro football will help him as well. "I've seen a lot of the business side, and I know it's a grind in the league. Hopefully I can land on a team that can use my skills." - Auburn football

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at Auburn's pro day on March 5. A total of 10 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Emory Blake, WR (6-foot-0 3/4, 189 pounds) - The son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake ran the 40 in 4.61 and 4.62 seconds, had a 36 1/2 vertical and 10-0 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.42 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.01 seconds. Blake, who was not invited to the combine, is a possible rookie free-agent acquisition. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/05/2013 - There are always a few surprised when the NFL issues its invites to the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which was held last week. The inclusion of former Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was a certainty, running back Onterio McCalebb turned a few a heads given his small stature but he proved his value when he turned in an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.21 seconds, which would have broken the Combine record, but it was changed to an official time of 4.34 seconds. The omission of former Tigers wide receiver Emory Blake was perhaps most surprising for Auburn followers. Despite facing constant double-teams and a merry-go-round at the quarterback position, Blake caught 50 passes for 789 yards with three touchdowns last season for Auburn.

Blake will have the opportunity to showcase his talents once again and prove any doubters wrong as he'll be one of 14 former Tigers to participate in Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday. Daren Bates, T'Sharvan Bell, DeAngelo Benton, Chandler Brooks, Jonathan Evans, A.J. Greene, Lemonier, Lutzenkirchen, McCalebb, Philip Pierre-Louis, Travante Stallworth, John Sullen and Nate Taylor will also attend today's workouts. - James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser

03/05/2013 - What to watch for as Auburn's NFL hopefuls work out at Pro Day...BLAKE'S TIME TO SHINE: Wide receiver Emory Blake did not get an NFL Combine invite despite a solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Bowl in January, and he'll have somethiing to prove when the workouts start early Tuesday afternoon. Blake's route-running and hands are solid, but teams need to see adequate speed and strength out of the 6-2, 193-pound receiver, who so far projects as a possession receiver at the next level. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live

03/05/2013 - "I believe the scouts know I'm a great route-runner and I can catch the ball. Those are some of the things I'm going to display because I believe those are some of my strengths as well. I'm definitely going to harp on that and try to do my best in that area." The possibilities for where Blake and his former Auburn teammates could end up during the NFL Draft, held April 25-27 in New York, vary greatly with Lemonier expected be the first former Tiger selected sometime during the second or third rounds. "I've been hearing anywhere from I'm a fourth-round pick to a free agent," Blake said. "It probably depends on how I do and we'll see what happens after that." - James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser

03/05/2013 - "I was a little surprised because I thought I would be invited (to the Combine)," Blake said. "But I got to make the best out of my situation and my focus is on going towards (today)." Since the end of the season, Blake took part in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla., in which he had one reception for eight yards. The Austin, Texas native said he has been training in Dallas under former Indianapolis Colts defensive back Melvin Bullitt to improve his spend and strength. "I've got decent size but I've really been working on getting stronger and not just being big," said Blake, who was listed at 6-2 and 193 pounds for Auburn last season. "I've leaned up but I've gained more muscle."

Speed is the area where Blake will try to validate his potential to scouts today as he is aiming to run "in the 4.4s, low 4.5" in the 40-yard dash. As a means of comparison, former Texas wide receiver and Olympic track star Marquise Goodwin turned in a Combine best 4.27 second 40 time while Texas A&M's Ryan Swope (4.34) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (4.43) also had strong showings. "For me I feel like my 40 time is going to be very important," Blake said. "I feel like if I run a good time there, a lot of people will change their minds what they think about my speed. - James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser

03/05/2013 - Emory Blake brought a familiar face to Auburn's Pro Day workouts. Jeff Blake and Emory Blake excited about the chance to work together on Auburn's Pro DayFormer Auburn receiver Emory Blake brought along his father, 14-year NFL veteran Jeff Blake, to throw to him at Auburn's Pro Day, a natural fit for the family. Blake's father, Jeff, a veteran of 14 years as an NFL quarterback, made the trip to Auburn to throw the ball to his son and a few of the Tigers' other draft hopefuls on Tuesday.

Bringing along a passer of his dad's caliber -- Jeff, 42, threw for 21,711 yards and 134 touchdowns in his career, mostly with the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals -- was a no-brainer for Emory. "It's something I always planned, sometimes you never know how the old man's going to hold up," Emory joked. "It was an easy decision for me, he's always thrown the ball well."

"Well, I stay in shape, I train kids in Texas," Jeff said. "I'm constantly doing footwork, mechanics, showing the kids that I train, and I'm still throwing it fairly, pretty much." His receivers at Auburn's Pro Day had a little more praise for the NFL quarterback. "Honestly, my dad throws probably the most perfect ball I've ever caught," Emory said. "It's never too heavy. A lot of quarterbacks step in there and try to drill you, he's just trying to make it a catchable ball. That makes it easy for me as a receiver." - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live

01/13/2013 - Auburn's Emory Blake has been selected to compete in the East-West Shrine Game. The Tigers' senior wide receiver will showcase his talents as a member of the East team. The game will kickoff at 3 p.m, CT on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. This past season Blake caught 50 passes for 789 yards and three touchdowns. He leaves Auburn with the fifth most catches (128) and yards (2,022) in program history. Blake is only the fifth Tigers receiver to eclipse the 2,000 mark. - Josh Rultenberg, Dothan First

01/11/2013 - Auburn senior Emory Blake has been chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game, a senior showcase that has been in place since 1925. Blake will play for the East in a game annually held to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children and allow NFL scouts to take a look at draft-eligible seniors for a week. The 2013 East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Blake, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds by the bowl, caught 50 passes for 789 yards and three touchdowns despite playing in one of the nation's worst passing offenses. And after tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, was hurt halfway through the season, Blake had very little help in the passing game. No other Auburn player caught more than 18 passes or had more than 139 yards receiving last year.

A three-year contributor who made several key catches in Auburn's national championship season in 2010, Blake finished his career with the Tigers ranked fifth in the school's history in both catches (128) and yards (2,022), becoming only the fifth Auburn receiver to break the 2,000-yard barrier. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: WR EMORY BLAKE (Auburn) -- Caught game-high six passes for 104 yards against Georgia. - SEC football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: WR EMORY BLAKE (Auburn) -- Caught 10 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas. - SEC football

09/05/2012 - Wideout Emory Blake moved into a tie for seventh on the school's career list for touchdown catches. His 54-yard TD reception gave him 14, tying him teammate Philip Lutzenkirchen and former Tiger Lawyer Tillman. Blake's 14 touchdown catches are tied for seventh in school history with Lawyer Tillman and teammate Philip Lutzenkirchen. Blake had a 54-yard touchdown reception in the loss to Clemson. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2012 - Top-five Auburn prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. WR Emory Blake...As 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. 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, NFLDraftScout.com

08/07/2012 - The Tigers have a new coordinator on offense with Scott Loeffler taking over. He hasn't given out a lot of details of what the offense is going to be like, but he likely will want to take advantage of his talented receiving corps, which includes senior wide receiver Emory Blake (36 catches, 613 yards in 2011) and senior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (24-238). "It's completely different," Blake said. "It's more of a pro-style offense, more under-center than what we did last year. "It's a totally different feel on the offense. I like it. I love it. It's going to give me more opportunities to make some plays and more plays in the passing game in general." - The Sports Xchange

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): WR Emory Blake (41), Auburn, Sr., has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Auburn football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Emory Blake, Auburn, has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Auburn football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Emory Blake, Auburn, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club


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