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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Blake Countess, CB, Auburn

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Blake Countess, CB, Auburn

By Lijah Spencer (@tweaked74) 

We are nearing the end of the scouting notes for this year as I have already begun watching film from the current season. As I gather more film I will soon be writing full scouting reports on the prospects for next April’s draft which you will find right here on NFLDRAFTDIAMONDS. Scouting notes will return after the NFL draft occurs. Tonight we look at a 5th year senior who has transferred from Michigan to Auburn. Here are my notes:

Blake Countess. CB. 5’10. 185 Lbs. Auburn. (RS Senior)

The Positives

1) Good NFL size

2) Good speed

3) Has the ability to play multiple positions in secondary.

The Negatives

1) Needs to clean up footwork to better match the WR

2) Can get a bit “handsy” in coverage, which in the NFL will lead to PI penalties.

Blake Countess is a tough corner with average NFL size. He has good enough speed to stay with most receivers, though he will get beat by the top end speed guys. His footwork is good, but does need to be improved to better mirror the WR and stay step by step with him. He is a decent tackler, and has ok hands. He had 6 INT’s his freshman year, but none last season. He has good versatility as he has played outside corner, nickle (slot) corner, and even safety. After graduation Countess has opted to transfer from Michigan to Auburn to play out his last year of eligibility. At this point I see Countess as a mid-round pick and I project him as a slot corner in the NFL.

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