Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Feb 19, 2012.
ACCORDING TO MATT MOSLEY: The Cowboys have taken a long look at Baylor center Philip Blake.
lol mosely loves those baylor guys.
He's a nice prospect with a bunch of natural talent that Callahan can help coach up. Looks like a mid to late round type pick.
Here's a video of the Baylor vs. Washington bowl game. Look for the center, #74 for Baylor.
***On a side note, I continue to be underwhelmed by Alameda Ta'amu. This reminds me of the Who's the next Michael Jordan phenomena to a certain extent. I think NFL draftniks want to be the guy to find the next Haloti Ngata, so they blow up Ta'amu way more than he deserves, much the same way Ron Harper, Harold Minor, Vince Carter, et cetera were all supposed to be the next Jordan.
This is a guy who gets caught playing up high way too much and is a stiff athlete. He doesn't appear to be intinctual at all, seems to guess a lot; if he does penetrate and the play isn't in front of him, he's done.
Hope the Cowboys do not draft Alameda.
I don't think he's trash, but he's been way overhyped. Wes Bunting, whom I think is one of the better draftniks out there, has him currently ranked as his 12th best prospect overall. That's insane.
I've seen Ta'amu rated as. 3rd round pick on respectable sites so I don't see how he's being over hyped.
Blake looks good getting to the second level, but he seems to have tons of trouble with speed.
Just asking but isn't this Alameda Ta'amu suppose to be the best guy that DeCastro blocked? if not.. who was? so I can look at some game footage thanks.
Those are some pretty shotgun snaps.
I like Phillip Blake myself I see him more of a 5th to 6th rd pick
Blake is a good player, he is my #3 Center and he's talent is a 3rd round grade but his age willl make him fall. If we get him in the 4th I would be happy. He can also play OG.
Exactly. He looks like he might have fit well into our pre-Garrett OL style.
Pass blocking: Former right tackle possesses the length and footwork to mirror any interior lineman. Plays with low center of gravity, natural bend and lateral quickness. Flashes a strong enough anchor to pancake overextended defenders, but can be pushed backwards when his hands aren't on his man's numbers. Also gets out-quicked when hand placement is off. Reliable, accurate shotgun snapper.
Run blocking: Strong run blocker capable of moving the nose tackle to his left or right with his upper body. Agile enough to seal to either side when uncovered. Inconsistent down-blocking and finding the mike linebacker on combo blocks in tight quarters, gets stuck at the line at times instead of moving to second level. Inconsistent intensity and hand placement to sustain after initial contact. Stops his feet too often, losing his balance or allowing his man comes off his block. Stays low, gets some movement in short-yardage situations but typically just holds the line.
Pulling/trapping: Does not move behind the line often. Flashes the quickness and agility to pull from either the center or guard spots, but seems best staying inside due to lack of height and inconsistency hitting targets.
Initial Quickness: Gets his hands onto his man quickly after shotgun snap. Flashes quickness out of his stance and the footwork to attack defensive tackles on stretch plays. Reaches instead of moving his feet after the snap at times, allows quicker tackles to penetrate into the A-gap.
Downfield: Possesses the foot quickness to get in front of screens and reach linebackers, and is difficult to get around with his wide body and length if in balance. Struggles to hit targets in the open field, however, and lacks agility to adjust to quicker linebackers in space. Uses length to knock a defender off his route to the ball but does not sustain for long enough.
Intangibles: Older than the typical prospect (26 in November 2011). Played in secondary school in Canada, Canadian college and junior college before attending Baylor. Plays with some attitude, gets on top of defenders on the ground, but needs to play through the whistle more consistently.--Chad Reuter
Blake seem really friggin' powerful when he gets his mits on you...problem is he does seem to have a problem with quickness as Count mentioned.
I hope we're taking a long look at every center in this draft.
That's what I was thinking as well. I hope we don't go any higher than that if we want him.
I think for him to move up in the draft he will have to impress in the combines and personal workouts. Right now I see him as a 5th maybe a 6th
as always, thanks for the info CowboyJoe
PS. Whats your twitter account? I want to follow all you CowboyZoners