Draft Zone Spotlight: Blake Peiffer, LB, Southeast Missouri State
Blake is a very special football player, who was rated as Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 for Southeast Missouri State. Blake is a freak athlete who hits very hard. He understands his position well, and realizes he could be asked to fulfill a need on special teams. Peiffer is a kid that should be getting talked about more, unfortunately people are not taking the time to show off one of the best players in college football. I am glad I was able to get an interview with Blake, because I am a huge fan, he reminds me a lot of Shawn Loiseau from Merrimack last year who is currently on the Colts roster. Keep an eye on Peiffer, the kid is special.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
I had 3 teams looking at me coming out of high school. I chose Southeast Missouri State because it was close to home and because my dad played there too.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
I cheered for the Bears a lot growing up but that was also because my dad played for them. And so growing up a bears fan I liked watching Urlacher and Briggs at the linebacker position.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
When I break down film I first look to see what formation the offense come out in. Then I watch to see how and who the offensive line blocks and if they have any give away of what the play might be. Then I’ll watch the play and go through what my keys would be on the field.
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
I am more of a quiet leader who lets my work on and off the field do my talking for me.
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
I don’t have a day in my past that’s bad enough to want to erase it.
Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is?
My hobbies other than football are hunting and fishing and anything else that has to do with being outside.
Who was the toughest player you have ever played against?
The toughest player would have to be Da’Rick Rodgers from Tennessee Tech my senior year.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
The best award or accolade would have to be All-American and OVC defensive player of the year
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
My last meal would probably be lasagna
Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod?
Before a game you would probably hear Skillet songs on my ipod.
Do you have any pre game rituals?
I didn’t really have a set pre game ritual that I would do before every game.
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
My biggest weakness would be that I am not a track star when it comes to running.
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
I am still waiting to hear feedback.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I would compare my play to Sean Lee of the Cowboys
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
The most tragic thing that’s happened to me would have been the loss of my good friend Ben. I bounced back by telling myself to play for him to honor his name.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
The first thing I would buy would have to be a newer car because I don’t know how much longer the Jeep I drive now will last.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
If I could meet one person it would be Walter Payton because he was an amazing football player but I heard he was a great person off the field too.