Jake Rudock joins the Lions in the sixth round
With the 191st pick of the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions take Jake Rudock! Welcome to Detroit Jake! Jake Rudock was a former Hawkeye before transferring to Michigan last season. He lead the Wolverines to a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win over Florida and helped put Michigan back on the map. He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2015. At Iowa, he is ranked eighth all-time for passing touchdowns, passing yards and total offense. He had the second most yards in a season in Michigan Football history with 3,017 last year. His overall career, he ended with 7,836 yards, 54 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Check out his profile here.
Why did the Lions draft Jake Rudock?
Detroit only has two quarterbacks on the roster with Matt Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. We signed Kellen Moore as an UDFA and he never panned out as the number three quarterback in Detroit and couldn’t step up the depth chart over ‘Safety’ Dan Orlovsky to be the backup. Rudock has the potential to be a great backup in the NFL. He can detect pressure when it comes to him, and he is generally able to escape a concerted rush, by either keeping the play alive, running for a gain, or throwing it out of bounds. He can run the ball well and he isn’t afraid to tuck it, run, and take a lick. He does have issues with the deep ball as it took a few weeks for him to connect on a deep pass last season, but if he practices enough with his teammates, he will be able to build a relationship and get that deep ball locked down. His accuracy on short and medium passes is very good. He can step up and build some power in his throws over the middle and if he is protected well, hewill become much more confident in the pocket.
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