AUBURN, Ala. — Blake Countess was one of a handful of Auburn players who didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Combine.
But the senior defensive back didn’t blink. Instead, he shifted his focus towards Monday’s Pro Day.
“Not getting an invite was definitely a motivator,” said Countess, who was one of 14 players who participated in the event. “You have to control what you can control and keep moving forward.”
And control he did.
Countess posted some of the highest marks of the day, from a 4.51 forty-yard dash to a 36.5-inch vertical.
“I hit most of my marks,” Countess said. “I ran what I thought I was going to run. I was pleased with it.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior may have impressed a few NFL scouts, too. Countess will meet with a handful following Monday’s workouts.
“I’ve heard from a few teams,” Countess said. “I have some meetings set up later on today. It’s an ongoing process. It’s my first time going through this. You guys probably know better than me. I’m going home tonight. I’ll be back home tonight training to get back on top of things.”
Prior to his time with the Tigers, Countess started 30 games for Michigan before transferring to Auburn his senior year. He immediately made an impact on defense, recording a career-high 71 tackles from various positions, including boundary corner and safety.
Such versatility, Countess says, has prepared him for the next level. He hasn’t heard much feedback from NFL teams regarding what position he would be best-suited for, but the Maryland native believes his best fit to be cornerback.
“Auburn has been great to me,” Countess said. “Before I got here, we had a plan about what I wanted to do, and we executed it. From playing special teams to playing multiple positions on defense and playing at a high level.”
Countess added: “I think I helped myself this year.”