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Blake Countess leads the way at Auburn Pro Day
March 7, 2016

Blake Countess zips through the 40-yard dash at Auburn's Pro Day
Blake Countess zips through the 40-yard dash at Auburn's Pro Day

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. Blake Countess turned Auburn's Pro Day into his own personal NFL Combine on Monday, and, in the processs, showed scouts what they've been missing.

Countess, who was not invited to the Combine, turned in the fastest time Monday in the 40-yard dash with a 4.49, showed plenty of hops in other drills and zipped through the bench press, lifting the 225 pounds 21 times, the second-best effort of the day.

He did that despite checking in at 5-foot-9 ¾ and 184 pounds, the smallest of the 14 former Auburn players participating. Not all players did all the drills. Only five players lifted. Only 10 ran the 40.

Countess was happy to do everything in front the 55 pro football representatives who were on hand.

"This was my Combine," he said.

"As a competitor, you want to be in those places. You want to be able to compete with the best," Countess said. "To not get an invite is definitely a motivator. You have to control what you can control and just keep moving forward."

Countess played at Auburn for one season after transferring from Michigan. He said he's glad he made the move.

"Auburn has been great to me," Countess said. "We had a plan about what I wanted to do, and we executed that plan, from special teams, to playing multiple positions on defense, and playing at a high level. I was definitely pleased with the way Auburn handled things. I think I helped myself this year."

The 14 players who showed up for Pro Day is the same number of Auburn players who graduated to the NFL from the 2014 team. 

Here's how some other Auburn players did Monday:

• Defensive back Jonathan Jones wowed 'em at the Combine when he ran a 4.33 in the 40, the third fastest time among all the players there. He sat on that time Monday. He didn't run. But he did other things.

"I think people are excited to see what I can do," Jones said. "They’re excited about what I’ve shown so far, so hopefully whatever team I go to, I can compete to play and get on the field.

"I think a lot of people said I'm trending in the right direction from the Senior Bowl, I kind of opened up some eyes there. Then going into the Combine, having a good workout, and showing people the things I can do.”

• Running back Peyton Barber decided to leave for the NFL a year early.

"The scouts out here today told me that I did a great job. They said I showed off everything I said I was going to show off. I'm happy with what I did," Barber said.

• Offensive lineman Shon Coleman was limited at the Combine because of a knee issue, and only watched Monday.

"The whole rehab process has been going good. I’m getting stronger and more flexible and everything. I’m pretty confident," Coleman said.

But just watching wasn't any fun.

"It's definitely frustrating," he said. "Being at the Combine, I truly feel like I'm probably the most athletic lineman there. Not being able to showcase that is kind of painful, but at the same time, it’s a rehab process so I’m trying to get everything ready."

• Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy said he was about 70 percent full strength, but elected to go through the drills, anyway, after being limited at the Combine. He said he wanted to show the pro scouts that "I love ball."

"Anything that's got to do with football, I want to do it."

• Linebacker Kris Frost said he was happy to be back in Auburn's indoor facility.

"I tweaked by hamstring running in the 40 at the Combine, and it kind of affected me throughout," he said. "But coming out here I felt like I was loose, I felt like I was exploding off the ball well. I'll be ready to run a 40 whenever coaches want me to come out and do some private drills. I'd be glad to."

• Ricardo Louis, a favorite Auburn receiver the last few years, could wind up as a defensive back in the NFL, just like former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall. Some teams have asked him if he would play defensive back.

"They didn’t know I could do some of the things I’ve been doing, like today putting me at DB," Louis said.

Louis said he'd make the switch.

"Whatever team wants me, whatever the position. I want to play in the league and play as long as I possibly can, produce, and be part of the reason we win Super Bowls."

 

 

Height

Weight

Vertical

Broad

Bench

40

40

Peyton Barber

5-10 1/4

232

32"

9'3"

---

4.59

4.60

Shon Coleman

6-6 1/4

305

---

---

---

---

---

Blake Countess

5-9 3/4

184

36 1/2"

10'1"

21

4.57

4.49

Devonte Danzey

6-2 1/2

299

27 1/2"

8'10"

---

5.09

5.10

Kris Frost

6-1 7/8

242

31 1/2"

8'10"

---

---

---

Justin Garrett

6-1

226

31"

9'4"

28

4.73

---

Keymiya Harrell

6-4 1/4

266

30 1/2"

9'3"

20

4.94

4.88

Jonathan Jones

5-9 1/4

179

---

---

---

---

---

DaVonte Lambert

6-1 5/8

278

24 1/2"

8'10"

20

4.89

4.95

Ricardo Louis

6-1 5/8

212

---

---

---

---

---

Cassanova McKinzy

6-1 3/8

251

---

9'10"

---

4.87

4.84

Melvin Ray

6-1 7/8

208

35 1/2"

10'5"

---

4.57

4.57

D’haquille Williams

6-2 1/8

220

30 1/2"

9'10.5"

---

4.70

4.72

Avery Young

6-4 7/8

327

25"

8'1.5"

20

5.38

5.34

 

 



Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:


 

 

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