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Purdue Football NFL Draft Profile: Jacob Thieneman

Purdue’s two-year starter at safety has a shot in the later rounds.

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Jacob Thieneman


6’1”, 215 pounds

Of all of Purdue’s potential draftees, Theineman has the best story. The lightly recruited safety from Noblesville joined Purdue as a walk-on in 2014 after playing at Guerin Catholic HS. He majored in mechanical engineering, something that not many football players major in, but he was able to find an early niche on special teams after redshirting in 2014. By 2016 he was part of the rotation at safety and even started a game. Even had an interception and 25-yard return at Indiana.

It was his final two years where Jacob really found a role. He took hold of the safety position in 2017 and started all 13 games. He finished the year with 80 tackles and a pair of interceptions, one of which sealed the bowl win over Arizona. As a senior he was elected as a captain and finished with 49 tackles and five sacks, but missed the final three regular season games with a nasty staph infection.

Thieneman is not going to wow you with athleticism, but he is a smart player that will always be in the right spot. He has decent size for a safety and excelled in coming off of the safety blitz. He was also good in the run game. He finished his career with 170 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 7 sacks. He has good speed in the secondary and did a good job getting side to side. He was involved in a number of plays all over the field at Purdue.

NFL Draft Scout has him rated as the #24 Strong Safety, so he has a decent chance of going in the later rounds. He reminds me a lot of Landon Feichter, who was at least an undrafted free agent with the Browns at one time.