Meet 2022 NFL Draft Hope Jacob Birmelin, WR, Princeton University
- Name: Jacob Birmelin
- Position: slot receiver
- College: Princeton University
- Height: 5’9 ″
- Weight: 175 lbs
- Twitter: @jakebirmelin
- Instagram: @jakebirmelin
What makes you a top prospect in your 2022 NFL Draft?
- I think my lateral quickness and understanding of covers sets me apart from most other receivers. I can create separation with my route against human cover and find free space against area defenses.
At what age were you first interested in football?
- Football has been my passion for as long as I can remember.
What’s the one thing the NFL teams should know about you?
- Teams should know that I am running with an extremely high engine. Everything I do, on and off the pitch, is done to the best of my ability. I never leave anything in the tank.
If you could donate to any cause around the world, what would it be?
- Environmental charities pique my interest the most. I wrote my junior article at Princeton on the impact of climate change on young voter turnout, and I plan to expand this article in my graduation thesis. I think it is extremely important that we start making dedicated efforts to resolve this issue before it is too late.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
- Start investing your money early. While it is important to choose your investments wisely, 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 a role model for my children as they were for me.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your school locker room?
- I would say Delan Stallworth is the most underrated player. Although he has received his respect as a Lockdown Corner, his ability to drive down screens and run games is greatly underrated. He’s the best defensive back in the Ivy League.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
- My biggest pet peeve is when people take and don’t give. If everyone just transmitted kindness, the world would be a better place.
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Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the most difficult moment in your life to overcome?
- The hardest time of my life was when my second season was cut short due to a sprained ankle. I had worked so hard to earn a starting place in what would become an undefeated team. It took me a while to figure it all out, but I decided to be the best teammate I could be. If there was anything I could do to help us win, I would. My classmates and I carry this culture of the 2018 season with us to every lift, race, practice and game. I learned a lot from this experience and know that I have become a better person from it.
Tell me about your school and why is it so special to you?
- Princeton is a tight-knit community. It is one of the smaller schools in the Ivy League, with only around 8,000 students enrolled. The support we receive in our home games is genuine, as a larger percentage of fans are your classmates, other athletes, teachers, etc. I always feel like I have family at the game.
What’s your favorite snack?
- Quaker Brand Chewy Bars are my undisputed favorite snack. It’s healthy, delicious, and can be eaten any time of the day. I eat them every day and I never tire of them because of all the different flavors. Yes, I am a huge fan.
What’s the best part about football?
- The best part about football is the silence it gives you when you play it competitively. In a game, I find it almost impossible to think of anything else. I would say it’s therapeutic.
If you could sell yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
- My name is Jacob, I am a student athlete from Princeton with an obsession with more responsibility.
If you could compare your game to an NFL player, who would it be?
- Cole Beasley is who I look like the most in the NFL. He uses his quickness, speed, timing, disguise, and sure hands to separate the defenses. He’s always in the right place at the right time. He is reliable.
If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
- If I could, I would sit and eat with Joe Rogan, Julian Edelman, and Lebron James. Come to think of it, it would definitely be an interesting dynamic if the 3 were there together. I would like to talk about anything with Joe, I think he’s an amazing talker. I would ask Jules a million technical questions about his playing; and for Lebron, I would really like to meet him. I have no idea what I would say to him, it would just be foolish to meet him.