Ean Pfeifer: 2021 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Ean Pfeifer
School: University of Louisville
Q: In your final collegiate season, what goals did you accomplish this fall or set for this upcoming spring?
My goal for the 2020 season was to prove I was more of a well-rounded TE and not just a hand in the dirt kind of blocker. I wanted to show that when called upon, I can give great production in the passing game. For this spring, I made some personal pro day goals that I need to hit in order to give myself a shot. 4.7 40 and 25 reps on bench, don’t drop a single ball.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I am a team first guy. With my 5th and 6th years I wanted to be a role model for the younger players emphasizing that if you do everything right, show on time, show up to meals etc… You will find a spot on the field. My coaches would agree that I give great effort whether it be practice or a game, I will always be giving 110%.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
I like to focus on how other TEs approached the block or the route. What worked for them, what didn’t, how could I improve it within our scheme. Mental reps are also important. I like to look at a defense or a pressure and think how I would approach it with our play or scheme so I can see it happening in my head.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I think the fact I was a former SEC guard. Not many people make the transition from guard to TE and I think that shows how hard I work and when I want something, I go get it.
Q: What is your plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities, especially with the virus limiting pro days/training facilities/etc?
Right now, I am training in my hometown of Bentonville AR, I’ll make my way up to Louisville a few weeks prior to get comfortable.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I would say my knowledge of the game. I used to play offensive line, so I’m used to breaking the huddle, looking at the structure of the defense and seeing what pressure or coverage is coming. I love to put my hand in the dirt and block the guy over top of me. I also approached college as a pro, doing the little things, showing up on time and giving great effort.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other professional leagues?
I would say I have a much higher ceiling than other TEs. I have been playing TE for two years opposed to 10+ years like others. I’m still learning to run better routes and put myself in better positions to make plays and I think teams will see that.