Blakley was at the Scouting Combines in 2002 where he posted 4.90 forty. He did not get drafted as the depth at tight end in 2002 was outstanding, but Kansas City signed him after the draft.
"He really excels in receiving," Walker said. "It is a shame you have a guy named Gonzalez in Kansas City, but he is a real get for San Diego."
"He does catch the ball well and he's got good hands," Chiefs tight ends coach Keith Rowan said. "He's been making plays mainly in the intermediate range. In terms of blocking, he has blocking ability. He can play more powerfully or stronger and it's something he's aware of."
He started 33 games and played in 43 games for the Missouri Tigers. He caught 79 passes for 868 yards and 12 touchdowns during his career. He capped his career as one of the Tigers' captains during his senior season, establishing career highs with 34 catches for 362 yards and 4 scores. Blakley was the second leading receiver for the Tigers his senior year. He was honorable mention All-Big 12 selection after sophomore year.
"He really improved so much in the one year I had him (at Missouri)," Walker said. "He will make plays."
Our own Tony Pauline had this to say about Blakley:
|"Technically sound tight end that's yet to meet his potential. Blocks with forward lean, stays low to the ground and gets exceptional leverage on opponents. Keeps his feet moving in pass protection, displays adequate abilities to block the edge and looks for someone to hit. Uses his body to shield away opponents and protect the pass as a receiver, sized well and wins out in battles. Comes back to the ball, runs solid routes and makes the tough grab over the middle. Lacks a feel for the game, not on the same page as his quarterback nor is he a natural receiver as he fights the ball and lacks the strong hands. Not effective using blocking angles. Displayed a lot of talent as a sophomore but his play has leveled off since. A good athlete that someone will take a chance on late and hope to develop him down the road. Projected as an early Seventh Round pick in 2002." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview|
Blakley has ideal tight end size. He is a solid receiver who does a nice job working the middle of the field. He is not one of the faster tight ends and isn't a guy who will stretch defenses. Considering his size, he should be a much better blocker than he is.
"He really has improved his blocking off the line of scrimmage," Walker said.
He has great size, good hands and a solid understanding of the passing offense. He needs to continue to work on his blocking skills and is still raw in that area. As a practice squad guy, the Chargers did not go wrong with this pickup.
"Dwayne Blakley will really help your ball club," said Walker. "He will play special teams and make plays as a receiver."
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