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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jacob Birmelin, WR, Princeton University

Jacob Birmelin the play making wide receiver from Princeton University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Jacob Birmelin the play making wide receiver from Princeton University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Jacob Birmelin
  • Position: Slot Receiver
  • College: Princeton University
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Twitter: @jakebirmelin
  • Instagram: @jakebirmelin

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

  • I think my lateral quickness and understanding of coverages set me apart from most other receivers. I can create separation with my route running against man coverage and find the open spot against zone defenses. 

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

  • Football has been my passion for as long as I can remember.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • Teams should know that I operate with an extremely high motor. Everything I do, on and off the field, is done to my best ability. I never leave anything in the tank. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be? 

  • Environmental charities pique my interest most. I wrote my junior paper at Princeton on climate change’s impact on young voter turnout, and I am planning on extending that paper into my senior thesis. I believe it is of extreme importance that we begin to make dedicated efforts to fix this problem before it is too late. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Start investing your money early. While choosing your investments carefully is important, it is even more important to start today. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My Mom and Dad have always been my idols. My main goal in life is to be as great or better of a role model for my children as they were to me. 

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school? 

  • I’d say Delan Stallworth is the most underrated player. Although he has received his respect as a lockdown corner, his ability to drive downfield on screens and run plays is highly underrated. He’s the best defensive back in the Ivy League. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • My biggest pet peeve is when people take and don’t give back. If everyone simply passed on kindness, the world would be a better place.

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Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome? 

  • The hardest moment in my life was when my sophomore year season was cut short due to a high ankle sprain. I had worked so hard to earn a starting spot on what would come to be an undefeated team. It took some time for me to understand it all, but I decided to be the best teammate I could be. If there was anything I could do to help us win, I’d do it. My classmates and I carry that culture from the 2018 season with us to every lift, run, practice and game. I learned a lot from that experience and I know I’ve become a better person from it.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • Princeton is a close-knit community. It is one of the smallest Ivy League schools, with only around 8,000 total students enrolled. The support we receive at our home games is genuine, as a larger percentage of the fans are your classmates, other athletes, faculty, etc. I always feel like I have family at the game.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Quaker brand Chewy bars are my undisputed favorite snack. It’s healthy, delicious and can be eaten at any time of the day. I eat them daily and never get tired of them because of all the different flavors. Yeah, I’m a big fan.

What is the best part of football? 

  • The best part about football is the silence it provides you when playing it competitively. In a game, I find it almost impossible to think about anything else. I’d say its therapeutic. 

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say? 

  • My name is Jacob, I’m a Princeton Student Athlete with an obsession for more responsibility. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be? 

  • Cole Beasley is who I resemble most in the NFL. He uses his quickness, speed, timing, disguise, and sure hands to pick defenses apart. He’s always in the right place at the right time. He’s reliable. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

  • If I could, I would sit down and eat with Joe Rogan, Julian Edelman and Lebron James. Now that I think about it, It’d definitely be an interesting dynamic if all 3 were there together. I’d want to talk about anything with Joe, I think he’s an amazing conversationist. I’d ask Jules a million technical questions about his game; and for Lebron I’d really just want to meet him. I have no idea what I’d say to him, it’d just be insane to meet him.

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