Notre Dame cornerback and former Butler standout Robert Blanton is sharing his experiences from the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis with the Observer's Joseph Person. Today is the first installment.
I came in from Chicago, just drove in. It's about a four-hour trip, so not too bad. I got in about 10 o'clock (Saturday) morning.
Headed over to the hospital and the (medical) process over there, checked in and had my blood drawn. I heard it was going to be worse, but I got in at a pretty good time so I didn't have to deal with a lot of the waiting. I had to wait about two hours, so it wasn't too bad. I flew through, no injuries or anything like that. So I was pretty blessed.
"I've been at EFT (Sports Performance in Chicago) training since Jan. 2. Lifting weights, waking up early, running and eating good food. It's been great. I was about 194 (pounds) when I started. I'm a little over 200 now.
I met with my agent (Saturday afternoon) and after that we walked over to the Omni (Hotel). They have adidas, Under Armour and Nike (suites). I hung out, met a few people and got some gear. It was pretty fun.
I had dinner with the other DBs. We got our itineraries and figured out where we need to be for the rest of the time we're here. I met my roommate. I'm rooming with (Oregon cornerback) Chris Harris.