Purdue’s lengthy streak of having at least one player drafted in the NFL Draft may be in jeopardy this April. Jake Replogle, who was likely a draft pick after his senior season, announced that he will not even pursue an NFL career according to Gold and Black Illustrated:
"It has been an honor to represent Purdue University these past four years. I am extremely thankful for the support of my family, teammates, coaches, fans and everyone in Purdue nation. As for my future, I've decided to pursue a career in business, putting my degree to good use and look to advance my education hopefully in the not too distant future. I will not be involved in the upcoming NFL draft. I will forever be thankful for the opportunities that football has provided me and am eager to apply the lessons that football has taught me going forward. Boiler up! Hail Purdue!"
CBS Sports had him rated as a fifth round prospect even after a senior season that was limited due to injury. That him as the No. 17 Defensive tackle in the draft, and he likely would have been a contributor on the right NFL team. This past season he only played in 8 of 12 games, but he was 8th on the team in tackles with 45, second in tackles for loss with 9.5, and he had 2.5 sacks with a fumble recovery. When healthy he was considered one of the best tackles in the Big Ten and one of the few bright spots on a dismal Purdue defense.
His health was a concern, however. He missed three games midseason with an undisclosed head injury, and it seems that played a role in his decision to hang it up. This is what he had to say at the time:
In late October, the only time he really talked about the injury publicly, he said he was dealing with "head issues, headaches and stuff." He also said he had "pressure" in his head.
"My head doesn’t feel right," he said then. "There’s not much you can do other than rest it. So obviously they’re not going to put me out there if it’s not feeling right. But they’re doing everything they can to help me."
Replogle was the team’s defensive MVP and was the last of four brothers that played in the Big Ten. Big brothers Adam, Tyler, and Mike all played at Indiana. Adam was briefly in the NFL with the Falcons, too.
We wish Jake the best in his future career. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with, so we can understand his hesitation to risk further injury.