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2012 NFL Draft: Baylor C Philip Blake Goes To Denver Broncos In Fourth Round

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears offensive lineman Philip Blake speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears offensive lineman Philip Blake speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

One of the players responsible for keeping RG3 upright just went of the board, as Baylor continues an impressive run in the 2012 NFL Draft.

C Philip Blake was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 108 pick in the fourth round.

A Canadian transfer, Blake is another product of the Bears pipeline to the north, as he was a first-team All Big 12 center in his senior season. His relatively advanced age at 27 pushed him down draft boards, but his age and maturity could help him contribute earlier in his NFL career than most mid-round offensive line prospects.

At 6'3 311, he was athletic and intelligent enough to slip between several spots on the offensive line in Waco, which could make him more valuable at the next level.

In Denver, Blake will have a chance to be a mainstay for an offensive line being rebuilt to protect Peyton Manning.

A highlight tape from Blake's senior season:

For more coverage of all the local players in the 2012 NFL Draft, stay tuned to SB Nation Dallas' exclusive storystream, and for more on Blake's new team, head over to Mile High Report.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.