Blake Countess turned heads at Auburn’s Pro Day and the performance improved his stock in the NFL Draft.
The former Auburn and Michigan cornerback was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Countess played only one season at Auburn, but made his presence known with two interceptions and 71 tackles.
He was not invited to the NFL Combine despite an All-Big Ten season at Michigan before transferring to Auburn (he also had season-ending knee surgery in 2014), but proved he could compete with the best at the pro day. He put up 21 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, which would have ranked No. 1 among defensive backs at the NFL Combine.
He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and recorded a vertical jump of 36.5 inches — both marks led all former Auburn players at the pro day.
“To not get an invite (to the combine) is definitely a motivator,” Countess told reporters in March. “You have to control what you can control and just keep moving forward.”