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Mini-profile: Baylor center Philip Blake

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – Regardless of how the upcoming free agency of center Scott Wells turns out, the Packers will likely take a good look at the position during the Combine workouts Saturday. There just isn’t much depth at the position behind Wells. Evan Dietrich-Smith is the top backup on the interior of the line, but is a better guard than center and doesn't seem like a long-term starter. Samson Genus was an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent the year on the practice squad. He doesn’t look like a successor to Wells now or in the future. The Packers  could use a higher pick if an immediate starter is needed or look to the future with a mid-to-late selection. Baylor’s Philip Blake came through the media center Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium and he 6-foot-2, 311-pound Canadian talked about his journey. NFLDraftScout.com has him ranked the No. 4 center in the draft with a fourth-round projection. He first attended Champlain Regional College in Quebec, Canada for two years then went on to Tyler Junior College in Texas before joining Art Briles at Baylor. Blake played tackle for a year at Baylor then two at center. He was named first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. "Obviously I never imagined it, but I've been blessed by people who helped me and supported me during my journey,” said Blake, who first played the game as a high school senior. "Making my decision to play college football. I was recruited by Canadian universities and stuff like that, but I wanted to play in the NFL. So going to college in the United States gave me my best chances." Blake thinks he’ll be able to pick things up on the next level fairly quickly because of his many stops and experience in various offenses. He was asked about moving from tackle to center. “The coach said I am not the tallest player to play tackle,” Blake said. “So he said I have good feet and I'd be a better fit as an interior lineman, so playing center was the best option for me."    

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