With their first of three selections in the sixth round, the Detroit Lions have selected Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock.
This is a pick that is going to polarize the entire state of Michigan. Rudock isn't considered to be starting material, but after finishing his final year in college on a relative high note, fans may be clamoring for Rudock to contend for a starting spot.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Rudock will enter training camp as the Lions' third-string quarterback and may contend with current backup Dan Orlovsky for a roster spot. Last year the Lions only kept two quarterbacks on the active roster, but new general manager Bob Quinn may have different plans. With Rudock being a developmental project, it's likely he'll find a spot on the practice squad if he doesn't land on the 53-man roster.
Rudock started his college career with the Iowa Hawkeyes before transferring to Michigan in 2015. After dealing with some early struggles, Rudock finished his season with the Wolverines completing 64 percent of his passes for 3017 yards 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Here's a snippet from Maize N Brew's profile of Rudock:
While certainly not a probable NFL starter or someone who will even see the field much, his second half surge and year of coaching under Harbaugh should be enough for a franchise to at the very least take a flier on him as a free agent, though it looks like he could find a home somewhere in the later rounds of the draft. He has the makings of a serviceable NFL backup.