Toronto’s Blake impresses

Toronto’s Blake impresses

Toronto’s Philip Blake was named the “best value” prospect at the 2012 NFL Combine by the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.

Blake, a 6-foot-2, 311-pound center, played at Toronto’s Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School before an outstanding collegiate career with the Baylor Bears.

According to QMI Agency, Blake’s performance at the 2012 NFL Combine caught the attention of NFL Network’s lead talent analyst Mike Mayock.

“I like the big Canuck,” Mayock told QMI’s John Kryk in Indianapolis. “I had a third- or fourth-round grade on him, and I believe that he’s a starting centre in this league. I thought he did everything today that I hoped he would do, and he actually did a tad better in the measurables than I expected.

“From a value perspective — Philip Blake, you’re my man.”

Windsor, Ontario native Tyrone Crawford was another Canadian competing at the Combine in Indianapolis.

A graduate of Windsor’s Catholic Central High School, Crawford played the past two seasons as a defensive lineman with the Boise State Broncos. The 6-foot-4, 276-pound end recorded 13.5 tackles for loss last season with the Broncos.

Mayock told QMI that Crawford impressed him as an end in a 3-4 scheme.

“That Crawford kid I like a lot,” Mayock told QMI. “He’s long enough. He’s strong enough. He can line up right across from the tackle and smack him in the mouth. The 3-4 teams love to find these kinds of guys.

“I think he’s a natural mid-round pick.”

The 2012 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28.

At the 2011 NFL Draft Canadians Danny Watkins and Orlando Franklin made history.

It was the sixth time two Canadians were selected, yet no Canadians had ever been selected as high in the same draft (Watkins 23rd overall, Franklin 46th overall).

The previous high was in the 1986 draft when Mike Schad was selected in the first round by the Los Angeles Rams, and Saskatchewan’s Reuben Mayes was selected in the third round by the New Orleans Saints.

Photo: Philip Blake (R) tangles with Joe Bergstrom at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, February 25, Joe Robbins/Getty Images