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2016 NFL DRAFT: Detroit Lions draft U-M QB Jake Rudock in sixth round

The Detroit Lions have drafted Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.

What a difference a year makes. In the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, (TEAM) has selected Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock.

Coming in as a graduate transfer from Iowa, not many people gave Rudock a chance to make some noise at his new home in Michigan. However, under the tutelage of U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh and passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch, Rudock blossomed into an NFL prospect right before our eyes. It was only a year but a strong senior season was enough for Rudock to be considered a NFL Draft-worthy prospect.

According to his NFL.com profile, finding his stride during the last half of the 2015 season obviously helped his case immensely.

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.

Rudock finished his only season in Ann Arbor with 3017 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.


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