Ivan Avalos: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Ivan Avalos
School: Minot State University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goals I set for my final collegiate season was to make an impact on my teammates no matter the outcome of scenarios. I wanted to get the program back on track so I could leave it better than I found it.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took advantage of my extra year of eligibility to gain more knowledge of the game at a higher level. I took the time to learn new skills in life that helped me develop into the versatile player I am today. Extra film sessions on the side gave me the advantage to play multiple positions on the field. The amount of work I was able to put in behind the scenes grew my mental perspective in life of who I was. Lastly, I was able to network and build connections with others to bring me opportunities in life.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say that I am a selfless leader, instinctual, athletic, team oriented, smart, and a stat sheet stuffer.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I study film, I look at tendencies of my opponent. For example, I like to look at splits of the wide receivers, down and distance, route concepts, formations, personnel, field position, OL stances, pass pro sets, RB splits and stances on certain downs, QB’s favorite targets, QB’s throwing motions, etc.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I am versatile in multiple positions including special teams. I bring the best version out of every individual. Ever since I was 8 years old, I’ve been watching Kobe Bryant all my life. I have that Mamba Mentality in my veins. I’m a long-term asset to any team that takes the chance on me.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My offseason plan is to get my master’s degree in Business Management and continue to options trade in the stock market. Also, I will be working on maintaining tempo of my body and skill set to perform at a high level.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths I will bring is the competitive nature in me. I’m a hustler and I work hard while being the selfless leader I am. I’m willing to be a servant leader and be productive on defense & special teams. I bring great energy & passion to the game, and I help elevate others. Off the field I can help educate my teammates in creating financial freedom for themselves while learning how to manage money.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to the NFL or any other pro league looking at this, just know if you decide to take that chance on me, you won’t regret it.