After running through the draft prospects of Adam Gotsis last week, we come to another lineman, this time an Australian offensive lineman out of Baylor University in Waco Texas.
Muir has flown under the radar so far, which perhaps is not a great thing in the noisy draft period, but a deeper look into Muir’s stats and achievements makes him a genuine smoky for later rounds in the draft.
Position: Offensive Lineman
School: Baylor University
Measurements: 6’5” 142kg (315lbs)
Combine/Pro Day summary: OL Blake Muir had a strong workout, doing 28 reps on the bench, posting a 32” vertical jump and a 9’8” broad jump. He’s an impressive looking athlete, thick from head to toe, and the type of athletic body that we often see on NFL offensive linemen. – John Harris, Houston Texans
Well if we thought Adam Gotsis was a large human being, Blake Muir has him for size. Coming in at 6’5” and 142kg, Muir was known as much for his agility as his size in college.
Making the switch
Unlike many of the other Australian’s who make a switch to American Football, Muir developed locally with the Sutherland Seahawks in the NSW gridiron league.
Despite being highly regarded locally, making the switch to the American college system required lucky tip from a scout, suggesting he switch to the offensive line, and commitment to pay his way through the early years before he received a scholarship.
First picked up by the University of Hawaii, Muir left Hawaii to play for the Baylor Bears in Texas along with his younger brother, Sean Muir who remains playing at Baylor.
Despite not getting an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, Muir demonstrated his physical abilities at a local pro day. Here is a summary from Muir’s official blog:
Blake’s broad jump of 9’8″ was better than any OL at the combine (9’7″ was the top jump) and 32″ in the vertical leap was equal 5th of the best vert from 2015 (OL did not jump at 2016 combine).
In the end, Blake had the #1 Broad Jump, #3 shuttle, #5 vertical leap, #9 3 cone drill and #14 bench compared to the 52 OL at the combine.
Muir was also analysed by Kent Platte over at Fansided, and rated impressively in their custom RAS Grade.
According to the Platte, RAS stands for Relative Athletic Score, and is used to show a players measurements in relation to their position group.
The simple explanation for RAS is that it is a relative score that can show any measurement on a scale of 0-10 where 5.00 is always the average for that position group.
Hadn't heard of Blake Muir before, either. Promising numbers, though. pic.twitter.com/jhEsxLJ5R1
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 20, 2016
In the chatter we have seen so far, Muir is not widely tipped to be picked up in the draft, but with numbers like those above, combined with playing a strong school system that had a dominating offensive line at Baylor, Muir could be the dark horse of all the Australian’s to be picked up in the later rounds of the draft.
There has been some interest from NFL teams, with the Kansas City Chiefs inviting him for a visit the past week.
Heard Akron OLB Jatavis Brown, Mich. St CB Arjen Colquhoun and Baylor OL Blake Muir visited the #Chiefs recently.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 6, 2016
While talk so far has only been whispers, Muir did himself no harm with his impressive pro days numbers, and it will be interesting to see if those whispers increase in volume as the draft approaches.