Name: Ben Dorfman
School: North Carolina Wesleyan
Position: TE
Height:  6’5″
Weight: 235

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

My main goal was to win the conference. Unfortunately, we did not accomplish this, but we did manage to beat the conference champs (Huntingdon) at their house and have the first winning record at NCWC in a decade.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

They would describe me as a player who is determined and motivated to win every week. I expect the best out of not only myself, but my teammates and coaches. At the conclusion of my college career, my quarterback told me that my strong-willed determination and passion rubbed off on him and the team. My teammates also describe me as a player who will do whatever it takes to win. My alignments and assignments changed week to week. Whether it was an increase in blocking or lining up in a different position, I always did what was best for our offense to succeed.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

The first thing I look at when watching film is alignment and assignment. I also look at how the defense is lined up, what front their line is in, how many high safeties, what coverage, etc. I watch a lot of my own footwork. Footwork is a key fundamental in football, especially when blocking. What I mainly look for is whether or not I executed on my block or route. If I failed to execute the play, I try to diagnose what I did wrong and make a note of it. I go over those notes before every practice and they become my key focus for that day.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

Versatility. In college, we ran a pro style offense where I lined up just about everywhere on the field. I’ve lined up at fullback, wing, slot, wide receiver, and tight end. Not only does this show that I can physically play all of these spots, but also that I can handle that big of a playbook. During this past season I sat in with not only our tight end position meetings, but also the wide receivers, O-Line, and sometimes even the quarterback meetings, because it was that important that I knew the assignments for multiple positions in order for the offense to execute. Even with the expanded playbook, I finished highest on our offense with the fewest missed assignments.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

I have my college strength and conditioning coach send me the same workouts the team is doing. I have seen a lot of improvements in my conditioning and athleticism by following my school’s program over the years, so I plan to continue using that to better myself.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

On the field I have size and versatility. I can make impacts to an offense in both the run and pass game. Off the field, I am a leader and somebody who teammates and coaches want to have in the locker room. I believe that my passion, hard work, and love for the game can rub off onto others and contribute to a winning atmosphere and culture.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

I am somebody who will elevate your team. My niche in college was to improve our offense however it was needed. Coaches like me since I am versatile. Teammates like me because when I am on the field, we all get better. Every year in college, my game improved in some form. Whether it was putting on more muscle, becoming a bigger threat in the pass game, or even blocking, I am continuing to improve my game year after year and I expect nothing less than for that to continue.