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Two Colorado State Rams Football players were selected in this weekend’s NFL Draft, graduating from the college ranks to the pros. But it turns out Garrett Grayson and Ty Sambrailo aren’t the only two Rams with an opportunity to play at the next level.
Former CSU cornerback Bernard Blake was signed by the Green Bay Packers Saturday night as a college free agent, meaning he’ll have an opportunity to compete, impress and possibly make the team. Or, at least the practice squad, like Kapri Bibbs and Shaquil Barrett with the Denver Broncos last year.
Blake was one of the good guys in CSU’s green and gold, on and off the field. In four years in Fort Collins, Blake started 25 games at cornerback, including 11 in 2014. He recorded 38 tackles, 11 pass breakups, three tackles for a loss and one interception in his senior season as he proved to be the team’s top defensive back.
Off the gridiron, Blake is well-known as being a chief contributor to developing the relationship between the team and honorary teammate Jack Miller, the eight year old battling cancer who the Rams brought aboard in a heartwarming move. The 23-year old cornerback was also one of the most visible football players at CSU basketball games, supporting the team through thick and thin.
He tweeted last night:
Beyond blessed with the opportunity to be apart of the Green Bay Packers organization!!
— Bernard Blake (@BamBam_Blake23) May 3, 2015
The Packers have only four cornerbacks on their current roster, with Sam Shields being the full-time starter the last two seasons. But it does leave the door open for Blake to come in and compete for a starting spot right away.