Jake Rudock: Most effective passer under pressure

Submitted by MGoGrendel on January 2nd, 2016 at 3:35 PM

According to ProFootballFocus College and this from the Michigan Football FB page:

74.1% pass completion rate while under pressure.  Congrats to Jake on a great year!


Also, I got a message from brand new MGoUser discussman, jr and he says that Jake will certainly get drafted.  He can’t start his own “this is my first post, so be gentle” post and asked me to launch this discussion topic.  Consider that:

  • Jimmy Clausen is still bouncing around the NFL,
  • There are a slew of starters and back-ups injured, 
  • Teams are bringing back old guys and Mark Sanchez to fill vacancies,
  • Current old guys that are starters may not be re-signed in the off season

Teams are going to be drafting QB’s just so they have contingency.  It may be for their own team or they may use a practice squad QB as trade bait to get a pick higher than one they used for the QB.

Jake is listed as the #16 rated QB on some draft boards.  After yesterday’s game and a deeper look into his work this year, discussman,jr  sees his stock rising.





January 2nd, 2016 at 4:30 PM ^

All three are plausible options. It all depends on the round and the team.

None are first round picks - that basically have to make the team and have to help right away or have such an upside that easing them into the system is reasonable (that essentially means future franchise QBs only). 

But for the later rounds it all depends on things we may not know of. If Houma gets invited to workout camp and puts up decent numbers, his ability to block first, catch passes second, play on special teams third and run the ball fourth may get him hooked up with a team. 

In the end that all three are being mentioned as NFL plausible signees shows the effectiveness of Harbaugh's coaching team.


January 2nd, 2016 at 4:30 PM ^

I think we need to have 1 successful NFL QB from maybe the last 10-15 years to be considered QBU. We've been hanging our hat on Brady for forever - which is fine - but we haven't produced any NFL QBs lately

Frankly, there is a QBU in the state and they play in East Lansing...


January 2nd, 2016 at 3:39 PM ^

that he gets drafted, especially becuase rounds 6&7 are guys that are either kickers/punters or just filling out camp spots. There are worse guys to take a chance on than Jake Rudock.

+1 for spelling "Rudock" correctly

Benoit Balls

January 2nd, 2016 at 3:40 PM ^

I think Rudock can carve himself out a nice career as a backup QB in the NFL. He's got the perfect demeanor for it. There's no shame in that. In a few years, he may even find himself in a situation where he gets a shot at a QB competition in some teams camp.


January 2nd, 2016 at 3:44 PM ^

After Glasgow's performance in the Bowl game, Ithink he and Rudock gets drafted.  I would guess Jarrod Wilson, Houma, Ojemudia  (probably others I'm forgetting) get picked up as free agents.

Cali Wolverine

January 2nd, 2016 at 3:45 PM ^

...like all of the sky is falling crowd on here after the Utah game. Great job by Rudock this year. He was not an elite QB, like Peters hopefully will be, but had great coaching and players step up...and played some great football this year.


January 2nd, 2016 at 3:46 PM ^

i dont know if you can guarantee he will be drafted. The later rounds are so unpredictable, as its a bit of Brownian motion as to who gets drafted. But of course at a minimum he will be in someone's camp. I figure at least 75-100 QBs are on active pro rosters every year and only about 15 are actually good enuf to lead a team to the playoffs. So someone will kick his tires.

The more interesting question is, does Houma get drafted? I would think that, if not, someone line the Ravens bring him into camp. He is their kind player and John already met him (at MD game).

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January 2nd, 2016 at 3:46 PM ^

Todd Collins, former M QB held a clipboard for about 15 seasons in the NFL and made a ton of money.  I have no doubt that Jake could at least do the same, and possible could be a starter for some teams.


January 2nd, 2016 at 3:48 PM ^

I don't see why he shouldn't get drafted. We saw that he can make the tight throws (see Perry TD vs Florida, and Chesson TD vs...I can't remember who). He can make the deep throw (see second half of season). He makes good decisions with the ball. He can tuck and run if he needs to. Honestly I think he could be one of those boring game managing QBs that can start and win games but doesn't fill up the stat sheet.

But that's just one fan's opinion, I suppose.

The Man Down T…

January 2nd, 2016 at 7:18 PM ^

where he threw between two defenders and hit the receiver should be the first highlight of every film set he sends out to teams.  Perfect laser spiral through a window the size of a large poptart box.  That was a pro quality pass.  As were several others he made there.  The improvement he made under Harbaugh just boggles the mind.


January 2nd, 2016 at 3:52 PM ^

Yep. Remember way back when..Coach Harbaugh said Rudock is the #1 qb..and its not even close. He probably knew wtf he was talking about.
I have yet to doubt Harbaugh and I'm not sure I ever will.
Everyone loves the guy with the Golden arm (not referring to Morris/O'korn but everyone loves the guy with the rocket arm ).
Just goes to show you what a motivated, competive team can do with a smart average'd arm qb.

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