NFL scout: Rudock does ‘very well’ at UM pro day

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jake Rudock

Ann Arbor -- Jake Rudock, who in his one season at Michigan led the Wolverines to a 10-3 record and was MVP of the Citrus Bowl, threw 59 passes during UM’s pro day Friday and felt confident about his performance.

“I felt like it was a really good day,” said Rudock, who was a two-year starter at Iowa being transferring as a graduate student to U-M.

One NFL scout who attended pro day at Michigan said Rudock “did very well” during the workout.

Rudock remains in school working on his master’s in kinesiology but will be nine credits short. He eventually will apply to medical schools. He said he has meetings scheduled with the Lions and Vikings and will participate in a Dolphins pro day, convenient since his parents’ home is only 15 from the facility.

He did not receive an invite to the NFL combine and said that has fueled him. Rudock said he wasn’t nervous before pro day.

“Just worried about oversleeping,” he said, laughing. “I wasn’t really worried. This is the fun part, just being able to go out there and throw with the guys.”

No rush to name QB

Rudock has seen only parts of Michigan practices, so he can’t gauge the quarterback competition. But he knows there is plenty of time for it to unfold.

“I’ve seen every single quarterback do something good, I’ve seen every single quarterback do something bad,” Rudock said. “I don’t know who’s going out there leading, but the good thing is guys can compete and competition can breed better athletes, better players.

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“Everyone’s going to want an answer after 15 practices, but you don’t need one yet. And that’s a good thing. But at the same time, as a quarterback you want to know because you can approach it differently and not look over your shoulder.

“Whoever is playing the best, that’s who’s going to start. If you haven’t figured that out about (coach Jim) Harbaugh, he does not care. If you take care of your stuff off the field, and you can play on the field, you’re going to play. If you’re the best guy, you’re going to play. It’s as simple as that.”

Wilson has something to prove

Former Michigan safety Jarrod Wilson has been thinking about the NFL for years.

“Been waiting a long time,” Wilson said. “It’s been a dream since I was 8. Plenty of nights dreaming. Plenty of times I’m thinking in the back of my mind, ‘Just run this gasser because I know the end goal for me is to go to the NFL.’”

Wilson said his agent had been told NFL scouts didn’t think Wilson was athletic enough, so he spent pro day trying to prove that wrong.

“I wanted to put up some big numbers, especially running,” he said. “I wanted it to be in the 4.4s (in the 40-yard dash). I was hearing 4.5 and I wasn’t satisfied with that.”

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He met Friday with the Lions, and last week worked out for the Ravens when they were in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s coaching clinic. Wilson said he has taken various written tests for the Dolphins, Raiders and Chiefs.

Wilson has been praised by teammates for being a leader in the secondary during his Michigan career and knows what kind of player he can be on the professional level.

“(I’m) a smart player, quick thinking on (my) feet, able to adjust on the fly and at the end of the day an athlete that makes plays,” he said. “I have the confidence in myself to play in the National Football League. From the moment I stated playing I knew what I wanted to do with football and my career.”