Joe Blitstein: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Joe Blitstein
School: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My goal this year was to dominate the tackle position. I wanted to prove that no matter what spot on the line I play, I can learn, adapt, and dominate the line of scrimmage.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
With the extra year and time off due to COVID-19 I was able to dive into the small details and intricacies of playing offensive line. I was able to go back and work on the smallest of details as well as take the time to understand the ins and outs of defensive structures.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say that I am the type of player to always put the needs of the team before my own. I play hard nosed physical football.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I am studying my own film, I watch my first steps over and over again. I watch to make sure that I am setting myself up in the best position to keep good leverage to win the block. When breaking down opponent film, I not only watch the defensive line and their tendencies, but also the defensive structure and what it can give away. I look at safety leverage and alignment and determine if they can provide me with clues to use to my advantage during the game.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
The two biggest things that separate myself from other prospects are my versatility and my football IQ. I have played every spot on the offensive line from Left Tackle to Right Tackle as well as short snapping. My understanding of defensive structures and schemes allows me to have a correct pre snap picture and execute at a high level.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Like most prospects I am continuing to work on strength and speed training to get bigger, faster, and stronger. But what I think sets me apart from others are my two biggest focuses: my mental strength and IQ. I am a life long learner and am really taking extra time to continue to learn and understand everything around the defensive side of the ball. I am also taking time to learn the small details of offensive line play. By taking time to break down footwork and other minute details I can make them second nature and ensure that my technique is impeccable no matter how stressful the situation.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The edge I play with will help any team, and I believe that the way I play through the whistle will stick out on film., In addition, I believe my biggest strength is my ability to communicate what I see with my teammates. When playing offensive line, communication is extremely important. If you can get all five people on the same page, good things happen. Along with communicating, being personable and being able to relate to and get along with others helps form relationships not only within the offensive line room, but within the entire team.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I can assure any professional team that is willing to take a chance on signing me will reap many rewards. When you sign me you are getting a determined, selfless, workhorse. My high football IQ, my ability to communicate with coaches and teammates along with my tenacity and physicality on the field are all huge assets to any team.