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Jake Rudock | Quarterback

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 208

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Lions selected Michigan QB Jake Rudock with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Rudock (6'3/207) spent one year at Michigan after transferring from Iowa, leading the Wolverines to a 10-3 record and completing 64% of his throws with a 20:9 TD-to-INT ratio. Rudock benefited from spending his entire college career in pro-style attacks, and draws high marks for intelligence and intangibles. His arm strength is baseline-NFL caliber at best, however, and Rudock needs to speed up his internal clock. Lacking starter-quality traits, Rudock would do well to hang around the league toting clipboards. Apr 30 - 4:36 PM

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Rookie Scouting Portfolio's David Igono noted that Michigan QB Jake Rudock "has a feel for the game that projects well to the next level."

"Rudock displays an aggression that will serve him well as he develops at the next level," Igono wrote before adding, "Knowing situations, specifically risk, is crucial to the growth of a quarterback." The analyst is particularly keen on the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder's level of decisiveness. Per Igono, "Rudock’s body language at the top of his drops exudes confidence – not just in what he sees but what he can exploit." If he is drafted, that will come in the later rounds of Day 3, but there's a shadow belief (voiced by the likes of Gil Brandt, Daniel Jeremiah and Mel Kiper Jr. in addition to Igono) that he could develop into a serviceable backup arm over time once he finds an NFL home.
Apr 3 - 6:26 PM

Michigan QB Jake Rudock will have workouts with the Dolphins, Vikings and Lions in the coming days.

The Combine-snubbed Rudock had himself a nice Pro Day on Friday, with NFL Media's Gil Brandt going so far as to write that he "turned a lot of heads" with the performance. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound gunslinger's looking for a possible Day 3 draft home. He had actually been considering attending medical school, but will hold off on that for the time being. Said Rudock, "But you can’t throw a football around and be competitive when you’re 40 and haven’t played for 20 years. So yeah, you’re going to play football as long as you can. School’s always going to here. I’ll apply and move on from there."
Mar 19 - 8:18 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Michigan QB Jake Rudock "turned a lot of heads today with his [Pro Day] workout."

Without an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, Rudock needed to impress. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder came through with flying colors. Per Brandt, he showcased a "good, not great, arm." The analyst additionally observed that his accuracy throughout Friday's event was on-point. He worked off of a script put together along with Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch. In non-throwing action, the former Wolverine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds and 4.91 seconds while recording a 29-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-3 broad jump. Rudock won't be hearing his name called on Day 1, but analysts including Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah like him as a potential late round pick and future backup due to his smarts and toughness.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 7:40 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said on a conference call that he believes that Michigan QB Jake Rudock will be able to find a home in an NFL camp and develop as a backup.

Kiper's underlying assertion is that Rudock won't be scooped up by the end of the draft and will have to make his way as an undrafted free agent. During the pre-draft process, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Michigan product has participated in the East-West Shrine Game. He wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, though, a possible sign of how he's being viewed as a draft-able commodity. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah referred to him as "smart" and "tough" in late January. Those attributes alone probably won't be enough for him to scrape into the later rounds, but he did show improvement down the stretch in 2015.
Mar 8 - 5:12 PM

Michigan QB Jake Rudock called his omission from the NFL Scouting Combine "just more fuel to the fire that I’ve gotten used to my entire football and baseball career."

Said Rudock, "Unfortunately this is something that’s happened my entire career. Obviously I was a little disappointed, because obviously one of the goals is to try to get there. There’s always reason why some guys go and some guys don’t." The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder's training with Ken Mastrole, who flat-out said, "He's going to get in the league." Added Mastrole, "It’s like Jim Harbaugh said, it’s like a bird-watcher. I do this for a living and with confidence, I’m not just saying because he’s one of my guys. I’m disappointed because he wasn’t considered a thrower [for the combine]. I think he’s better than a few of the guys that even got the invite. But that’s part of it."
Feb 28 - 6:01 PM

Michigan QB Jake Rudock was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

In a rundown of the most surprising combine omissions, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler wrote of Rudock, "A passer who gained confidence with each snap, Rudock doesn't have ideal physical traits, but the game appeared to slow down for him in the second half of the season." To Brugler's point, the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder threw for more than 250 yards just once in the first eight games before hitting that mark in each of his final five games. In those five contests, he held a 14/2 TD/INT ratio (he posted a 6/7 TD/INT ratio over the previous eight games). "Yes, his tools are average-at-best," Brugler concluded, "but his intelligence and intangibles will give him a chance." Failing to find a combine invite isn't necessarily a sign of future doom--last April, 41 players who didn't attend ended up being drafted, three hitting the fourth round. Still, it makes the climb that much more difficult.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 11 - 7:52 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Michigan QB Jake Rudock is "smart" and "tough."

"[Rudock's] smart, he's tough, and he's going to get you in the right checks," Jeremiah said during the broadcast of Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Michigan grad completed 8-of-14 passes for 77 yards and an interception in the contest. Following a strong second half of the 2015 campaign, he's slowly drawn talk of a sixth or seventh-round selection in the draft. There's not a ton of upside here, but he could find himself a role as a backup at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 7:10 PM

Michigan QB Jake Rudock completed 8-of-14 passes for 77 yards and an interception in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Rudock drew the start for the East squad, but was largely ineffective, averaging just 5.5 YPA in the contest. While the 6-foot-3, 280-pound hopeful NFLer's numbers weren't particularly inspiring in his short day of work on Saturday, he boosted himself into the draft conversation with a nice second half to the 2015 campaign (3,017 passing yards, 20/9 TD/INT ratio overall). This month, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has called him a potential sixth or seventh-round selection, while a longtime NFL offensive coach deemed him a poor man's Andy Dalton. Don't expect his name to be called in the first two days of the draft, but he could certainly draw interest in the later rounds as a potential NFL backup.
Jan 23 - 8:37 PM

One longtime NFL offensive coach told Bruce Feldman that Michigan QB Jake Rudock is a poor man's Andy Dalton.

The coach apparently said Rudock is the sleeper quarterback prospect to watch. The Michigan quarterback transferred from Iowa to play one season under Jim Harbaugh. He started off slow, but Rudock certainly looked better as the season went along. The first five contests compared to the last five were drastically different. There are a number potential late round quarterbacks that look like career backups.
Jan 22 - 10:51 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says Michigan QB Jake Rudock could slot into Rds. 6-7.

And you thought you'd seen the last of Rudock. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder, who fell out favor at Iowa, transferred to Michigan for his last year of eligibility and went on to throw for 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He led the Big Ten in completion percentage (64.0) and was second in overall passer rating (141.5). Rudock has a noodle arm and a wiry frame, but he's got smarts, NFL toughness and a stamp of approval from both Kirk Ferentz and Jim Harbaugh, which goes a long way in NFL circles. Rudock is set to play in the upcoming Shrine Game. "Rudock, I like what he did, he was solid most of the year throughout the campaign for Jim (Harbaugh), but I’m thinking more a late rounder, sixth/seventh round," Kiper said. "The same thing we talked about with Brandon Doughty coming out of Western Kentucky, same thing we talked about with Jake Coker coming out of Alabama, a late-round type possibility."
Jan 14 - 5:48 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock has been added to the East West Shrine roster.

Rudock seemingly takes the place of Brandon Allen, who was added to the Senior Bowl. Rudock performed above expectations this season under Jim Harbaugh after transferring from Iowa. He will be on the East roster alongside Blake Frohnapfel of UMass and Joel Stave of Wisconsin.
Source: Shrine Game
Jan 14 - 11:38 AM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock completed 20 of 31 attempts for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 41-7 win over Florida.

Many picked apart Rudock earlier in the season (including us), asking why Jim Harbaugh would want Iowa's backup quarterback. Rudock has shut them all up since and played at a high level down the stretch. Florida is one of the more talented defenses in the country, and Michigan picked them apart. Jim Harbaugh won 10 games this season with another coach's players.
Jan 1 - 4:31 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock said that his injured right shoulder "feel[s] really good."

All signs continue to point in the right direction for Rudock, who damaged his right wing courtesy of Ohio State's Joey Bosa near the end of November. Said the 6-foot-3, 208-pound graduate, "Obviously, right after I felt really bad but now I feel really good. Doing everything I can, playing football as normal, don’t have the same restrictions, which is always a good thing." He's been a full participant in practice. In another interesting, unrelated note, Rudock indicated that Michigan is treating this as a normal week. To wit, he said that the coaching staff has not added many new plays. The Wolverines will tango with the Gators in the Citrus Bowl on January 1.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 09:46:00 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock (shoulder) has been a full participant in all practices leading up to the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 against Florida.

The reports on Rudock this month have been consistent: He's healthy enough to practice without limits and is going to start against the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound graduate injured his shoulder against Ohio State in late November.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 06:45:00 PM