Jim Harbaugh likens his quarterback evaluating to...birdwatching?
Jim Harbaugh delivered his odd quote of the week right on schedule.
The Michigan coach, having spent four years in the NFL as a coach and 14 as a player, said on Monday that he has the ability to tell whether or not a college quarterback has next-level talent. The former quarterback said he uses the eye test all the time to evaluate talent.
You know, like a birdwatcher.
Harbaugh's comparing himself to a bird watcher now when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 9, 2015
It was a random comparison but not as random as his worms-with-machine-guns reference. When you think about it, it actually makes sense.
To explain: Birdwatchers can tell what type of bird it by the way it moves from a far distance. Harbaugh says he can do that with QBs.
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015
The guy that sparked Harbaugh’s odd analogy was Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock, who is coming off a career game in which he threw for a career-high 337 passing yards with two touchdowns. It was the first time that Rudock threw for over 200 yards since the season opener against Utah.
His dominance impressed his quarterback-watching coach.
“He looked like an NFL-type quarterback,” Harbaugh said of Rudock. “The way that he’s playing and operating, I see that jump that he’s made.”
Rudock has made strides after starting off the year with six interceptions in his first four games. But Harbaugh stuck with him amid criticism. As a result, Michigan put up at least 28 points in all but one game since the opener.
The Iowa transfer leads the B1G with a 63-percent competition percentage, which Harbaugh said is proof he’s become one of the conference’s better quarterbacks.
“He’s up there with the big guys,” Harbaugh said of Rudock.
As far as the NFL talk is concerned, Rudock is rated the No. 31 out of 139 quarterback prospects according to NFLdraftscout.com. In the B1G alone, Cardale Jones, Christian Hackenberg, Connor Cook and Nate Sudfeld are all more highly regarded at the next level.
But you can bet Harbaugh will be campaigning for Rudock come NFL draft time.