Tommy Blake Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2008 Prospects > DE > Tommy Blake

Tommy Blake Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: Big12
School: TCU Horned Frogs
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #97
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 252 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Tommy Blake, DE, TCU

Blake, a converted high school tailback, has been a disturbing force on the TCU D-line since his red-shirt freshman year. He made the All Conference USA freshman squad in 2004. In 2005 Blake was named MWC Defensive Player of the Year by collegefootballnews.com; he also made first team All-MWC. But his break through year was 2006 when he led the MWC in tackles for loss with 16.5. He was named first team All Conference and capped off his season with an impressive performance against Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl, where he recorded two sacks for minus 20 yards. He was named the game's Defensive Most Valuable Player. He played in only seven games - starting six - for TCU in 2007 due to an undisclosed injury. He had eleven solo tackles and six assisted, with seven tackles for loss. Blake is a natural speed rusher. He is well built for the position; although his frame is slight by position standard, he has room to grow. A four year starter, he has developed the necessary instincts to play the position on the next level. His speed, 4.70, allows him to explode off the line and he regularly beats his opponent outside. He is very agile and changes direction smoothly. He is instinctive and quick to locate the ball. He also has multiple pass rushing moves and has range to track ball carriers all over the field. There are two major concerns with Blake. His lack of ideal bulk and upper-body strength may limit his initial contribution to pass rushing situations only. But the biggest issue facing Blake is the sense that he does not care enough. He needs to better explain the "undisclosed injury" situation that sidelined him for several games and the perceived idea that he is not fully committed to the game. Blake needed to hit a home run at the East-West Shrine Game in order to recuperate his first or second round slot (which on talent alone, he should have). But he did the opposite. He came in clearly overweight and in poor condition, then he left the game with an ankle injury which only emphasized to scouts the fragile nature of his health and desire. At this moment, the talented Blake will probably slip past the fourth round. A tremendous slide for such a talented player.

Last Updated Mar-21-2008 by Raul Colon

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