April 25, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Auburn corner Blake Countess visited Eagles last week
Auburn cornerback Blake Countess completed his visit schedule last week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles' training complex, according to a source. Countess visited, worked out or met with over 13 NFL teams, including the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. "He provided leadership in a new defense that had deficiencies, earned everyone's respect right away," said former Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who's now the defensive coordinator at South Carolina. "Played all defensive back positions in one game, shows his smart and his film study and ability. Instinct wise, he is at the top of all the guys I coached in my career." Countess ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at his campus Pro Day workout. He had a 36 1/2 inch vertical leap, bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, more reps than many linemen. Countess had a 10-2 broad jump. He met with seven NFL teams, interviewed by the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former All-Big Ten Conference selection and Michigan transfer was effective in coverage last season, shadowing some of the top receivers in the Southeastern Conference. He recorded 71 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended. A native of Owings Mills, Md., and a former blue-chip recruit from Good Counsel, Countess has been training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Although Countess only played one season at Auburn after transferring from Michigan where he intercepted six passes in one season, he made an impact. Countess visited Arizona and signed with Auburn after considering visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.