Finney Prepares for NFL Combine | Part II
A 52-game starter for K-State over the last four seasons, Finney has spent the past month since accepting the NFL Combine's invitation preparing for this week.
He began the medical testing portion of the combine on Tuesday afternoon.
"The part I am least excited for is that there is going to be three days of medical training before we work out," Finney explained on Sunday morning before leaving for Indianapolis. "I'll be laying on tables getting poked and prodded."
Today, Finney will have the opportunity to interview with representatives from teams throughout the NFL, while tomorrow he will display his skill set with on-the-field drills.
"I'm the most excited to get in front of the teams for the interview process," he said, "knowing which teams are interested more than others and showing them that there was a reason that I was a four-year starter and that I can do whatever job they need me to do."
Continuing the photo story from Tuesday, here is a look into Finney's preparation since accepting the invitation to take part in the NFL Combine:
K-State's B.J. Finney laces his Adidas cheetah cleats before he runs a 40-yard dash with K-State's assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Merediath at the indoor football practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas while preparing for the NFL Combine.
"These cheetah cleats, they're for speed, for straight ahead running. My first thought was, 'A cheetah, really?' They're not girly, just odd," he laughed. "That's not something you'd normally put on a cleat."
K-State's B.J. Finney stretches before a workout at the indoor football practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas on February 14, 2015 while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
"They try and teach us it while we're here playing. We break down our starts here, but now we're able to break it down in greater detail," Finney explained on learning how to perfect his 40-yard dash. "It's really just getting used to that and paying attention to the closer details. I think I have improved with it."
K-State's B.J. Finney works out with K-State's assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Meredith at the indoor football practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas while preparing for the NFL Combine.
"I wouldn't say there's been any big surprises," Finney explained about training for the combine. "Training has been along the lines of what I expected. Sometimes it's a little bit different but nothing that has been out of the blue or blindsided me."
K-State's B.J. Finney runs a 40-yard dash with K-State's assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Meredith at the indoor football practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas while preparing for the NFL Combine.
"I would compare it to, honestly, kind of like getting my first start at K-State," he said. "You're so anxious and excited to play, but you're nervous about messing it up. This is kind of the same thing, but at the end of the day your preparation, everything you've done, it leads up to that point. You have to trust your preparation, trust what you've done and not really worry about the outcome, but just go, put your performance out there and let the rest handle itself."
K-State's B.J. Finney is participating in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 17-23, 2015.
What was the best tip Finney received before heading to the NFL Combine?
"Just to be myself," he concluded with a smile.