March 5, 2013

Family synergy

AUBURN | Emory Blake always hoped that his father would be the man to throw him passes during Pro Day.

That wish came true Tuesday.

Jeff Blake, who spent 13 seasons as an NFL quarterback, used his surprisingly strong arm to help showcase his son before a throng on NFL scouts. Jeff Blake's ability to throw pinpoint passes Tuesday provided ideal synergy with Emory Blake's push to promote his play-making ability over measureables.

The Auburn senior caught every pass thrown his way.

"I felt like I displayed a little more athletic ability than (scouts) thought I had, which is good," Emory Blake said. "I didn't run as fast a 40 as I wanted to, but as far as the agility drills and jumps, I had a good day. I hope I turned some heads."

Blake's time in the 40-yard dash was 4.62 seconds, which is slower than average for top-tier wideouts. Fellow seniors DeAngelo Benton (4.56) and Travante Stallworth (4.48) were faster.

Still, few players have as much meaningful game tape at their disposal. Emory Blake was a go-to presence during each of his final three college seasons, which Jeff Blake believes will make a difference when it comes time for his son to be judged.

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