What are your measurements (height, weight and forty
I am around 6’2 and 240 pounds. My forty would be
in the high 4.6’s or low 4.7’s.
What schools recruited you when you were coming out
of high school?
Southeast Missouri State was looking at me. They
offered me right away after my senior year. I took
their offer and went there. Northwestern was
looking at me for a little while. I didn’t have the
fastest forty time coming out of high school.
Are you happy with the decision that you made by
coming to Southeast Missouri State?
I am happy with the decision. I made the
All-Conference team. I was an All-American at the
school. We won the conference while I was there.
It was a good decision for me.
Describe your overall career.
I didn’t start as a freshman. I started six games
the following year. We won the conference
championship that year. I had 150 tackles my junior
year. I made the All-Conference team. I worked
even harder in the off-season before my senior
year. I had high expectations my senior year and I
accomplished them all.
Where are you training for the NFL Draft?
I am in Buffalo, New York right now. I am training
with Paul Childress twice a day. We run Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. Then we lift in the
evenings. I am just preparing for the pro day. I
need to put up the best time.
When is your pro day?
I have a regional combine on March 10th in Chicago.
Then on March 29th, we have Southwest
Missouri State’s pro day. I will be doing all of
the running drills. I want to do good in position
drills. I want to improve on my times each time.
What is the feedback that you have received from
Honestly, I don’t know. No one told me anything. I
want to put up good times during the pro days. I
want to jump on somebody’s board.
How does it feel to be a small fish in a large pond?
It keeps me level headed. I have a chip on my
shoulder every day. It takes awhile for a small
school guy to get noticed. I love being the
underdog. I like to surprise people and come out of
What are your strengths?
I am a good leader. I was the captain last year. I
am a leader as a middle LB. I like being a physical
player. I play the run well. I take on bigger
linemen pretty well. I have a high motor. I have
fun out there on the football field.
What areas of your game do you need to improve
I need to improve in pass coverage a little bit. I
think that I improved in that area every year. It
is a passing league now. You need to be able to get
back in pass coverage.
What is the highlight of your career up to this
Honestly, winning the Conference Championship my
sophomore year. I also made the All-American team
last two years, but we didn’t have winning seasons.
What separates you from all of the other players at
I do enjoy coming up against the run. There are
some big name guys (linebackers in this draft) that
aren’t good playing at the point at attack. A
linebacker still needs to be able to play against
the run. I can do both. I play against the run
well and can drop back into coverage.
What is your favorite NFL team?
I root for them all. As a little kid, I liked the
Bears because my dad played for them.
Has you dad given you any advice about the NFL?
He played in the late 70’s. It was a run league
back then. It is a passing league now. We sit down
all the time and talk. He gave me pointers and told
me what I needed to improve on after my games. He
told me that you need to study film and work hard on
special teams. Special teams is my foot in the
What did you enjoy the most about playing college
Team camaraderie. We set goals for and we
accomplish them as a team. It is a brotherhood. We
are a band of brothers. I have friends for the rest
of my life. We grow together as one. It is
What is your definition of a leader?
A leader is someone that knows his responsibility.
He helps others. He is able to motivate on and off
the field. A leader is someone who always goes
hard, and others feed off of you.
Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an
eye on in the future?
George Neuhaus. He was a LB behind me the last two
years. I tried to help him along. He will get his
chance this year and he should break out.
What are your hobbies?
I like to be outdoors. I like to work on our family
farm. My family owns a small farm in Missouri.
There is still a lot of work to be done. I also
like to go hunting and fishing. I hate being
Who is your favorite NFL player?
Growing up, it was Brian Urlacher. I rooted for
him. He is a great middle linebacker. I think that
he still has a few more years left.
What do you plan to do with your life after your
football career is over?
I want to be either a high school coach or a
Is the NFL a dream or a reality at this point?
It is more of a reality every day. The draft is
getting closer. I got to keep getting after it. It
is my shot.
Finish the sentence, Blake Peiffer is….
I am a physical guy. I love to compete. I give it
my all. You will never be disappointed with my
effort. I am a hard worker. I am getting better
with football every day while going through this
whole process. I am a humble guy.