The Lions are doing their due diligence on developmental quarterbacks in this year’s draft, and they turned their attention Tuesday to someone nearby.
Former Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock said Wednesday on 107.3 FM (WBBL in Grand Rapids) that he worked out in front of at least one Lions representative on Tuesday.
“All these workouts are kind of different depending on the coach and what they want to go through,” Rudock said during the interview. “I went on the field and threw a little bit and then met in the meeting room. I thought it went really well. Watched some game tape. I feel pretty confident about it.”
Asked if it’d be cool to play for the Lions, Rudock said he’d be happy to join any roster.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Rudock projects as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent. He started at Iowa in 2013 and 2014 before transferring to Michigan for the 2015 season. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game in January, an opportunity to impress scouts, but didn’t receive an invitation to the combine.
“My whole life I’ve been considered undersized,” Rudock said. “That’s just something I’ve had to deal with, but what matters more as a quarterback is mental approach — it’s so big. You have some guys who are physically just so talented, but they don’t stay in the league because of that mental part. Then you have guys, well he’s not much of a specimen, as some people like to say, but they study hard, they work really hard.”
— Angelique Chengelis contributed to this report.