2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Blake Proehl

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Blake Proehl is the son of former NFL wide receiver and coach Ricky Proehl. His older brother, Austin, played his college football at UNC and was a seventh-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills. Blake played in the slot in 2018 for East Carolina, but primarily aligned out wide in 2019 and 2020. At the next level, I believe Proehl is best suited to play from the slot due to his lack of functional strength and threat as a vertical receiver. Proehl is a detailed and fluid route-runner with excellent hands. With that said, he doesn’t have dynamic separation quickness, long speed, vertical receiving skills, or the ability to create after the catch. If he gets the chance to play in a West Coast offense with a rhythm-based quarterback, Proehl can function well, but asking him to run elongated routes and separate down the field doesn’t bode well for his skill set. Special teams and becoming an elite route-runner from the slot in the right situation is his best chance to carve out a meaningful role at the next level. 

Ideal Role: Slot receiver.

Scheme Fit: West Coast.

Written by: Joe Marino 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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