Photo of Jake Rudock
Drafted By: Lions
Grade
5.26 ?

Draft Analysis:

The Lions' had plenty of exposure to the kid up the street as he helped lead Michigan back to prominence. This isn't exactly a huge upgrade to the Lions' QB depth, but the Lions staff obviously felt he had shown enough improvement over the season to take a chance on him at this point in the draft. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 207LBS. Weight

Overview

In his only season under coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, Rudock threw for 3,017 yards and 20 touchdowns (both numbers were career-highs). Rudock transferred to Michigan after being the starting quarterback at Iowa for two seasons, 2013-14.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Vertical: 29 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.31 seconds
3-cone: 7.06 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Showed growth as a passer in each of the last two seasons. Has experience in pro­-style attack and operated under center on almost half of his dropbacks in 2015. Rhythm passer who found his groove at the end of the season with 12 TDs over final four games. Sound mechanics that give quarterback coaches something to work with. Consistent accuracy numbers short, medium and deep. Keeps ball tucked to body near shoulder level and comes to balance to deliver his throws. Shows ability to step and drive throws into middle of the field. Confident climbing the pocket and keeps eyes trained on his target. Deep shots have touch and accuracy tied to them.

Weaknesses

Very average arm strength when forced into field side throws. Doesn't have arm to get away with late throws. Ball doesn't always come out on time forcing receivers against sideline. Needs to get better at leading receivers to keep defenders out of the catch point. Can be slow to work through progressions. Tends to keep reads restricted to one side of the field. Interceptions come when taking unnecessary chances with the ball. Has bouts of pocket anxiety when internal clock starts counting down.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"Looked like a different player from the beginning of the season to the end. You have to consider that (Jim) Harbaugh was able to get more out of him and that an NFL coach might be able to do the same thing." -- NFC East scout

NFL Comparison

Scott Tolzien

Bottom Line

Rudock benefited in Jim Harbaugh's pro­-style attack that allowed Rudock to find some downfield success in play­action. Rudock has natural accuracy, but needs to improve ball placement and quickness through progressions since he doesn’t have the arm strength to fit throws into tight, downfield windows. Rudock's impressive pro day on the heels of a strong finish to the 2015 campaign makes him a third-day draft possibility with backup potential.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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