Luke Falk

Washington St.
QB

Prospect Info

College
Washington St.
Hometown
Class
Logan, UT
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
215 lbs
32”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tennessee
Titans
Round 6 ‧ Pick 25
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Falk transferred from Logan, Utah to Westlake, California to play at famed Christian Oaks High School. He didn't quite fit in, however, so he moved back to Logan and had a first-team All-State senior season. He redshirted in his first year in Pullman as a walk-on, but got on the field in 2014, playing in six games and starting three (64.2 percent completion, 1,859 yards, 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions). Falk ran Mike Leach's system to a tee in 2015, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors after ranking second in FBS by completing 69.4 percent of his passes for a nation-leading 380.5 yards a game (38 touchdowns, eight interceptions). The three-time finalist (and 2017 winner) for the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy award as the nation's top former walk-on played well again in a second-team All-Conference 2016 season (343.7 yards/game--ranked fourth in the country, 70.0 completion percentage-second, 38 touchdowns, 11 interceptions). Falk's accuracy, mobility within the pocket, and smart decisions make him a finalist for the Manning and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards. Falk's senior season did not quite go as planned, as he was benched at times and only managed to receive honorable mention All-Conference honors. He still completed 66.9 percent of his passes (357 completions, 534 attempts) for 3,593 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 13 starts. Falk did set several Pac-12 career records, including total offense, passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions, and attempts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Mike Glennon
Overview
Tall, rhythm passer with good natural accuracy and years of quality production who is much more comfortable working the perimeter and against man coverage. Falk's lack of protection and average mobility has lead to a tremendous amount of sacks and quarterback hits that may have taken a toll on him. While he can throw with touch and accuracy, his deep and intermediate accuracy dipped this season. There are some holes that could be hard to correct in Falk's game and "average starter" may be his ceiling.
Strengths
  • Tall quarterback who stands tall in the pocket throughout the rep
  • Can see over the murk up front
  • Quick setup in the pocket with bounding, easy feet
  • Possesses a quick, compact release
  • Spins a pretty spiral
  • Gets ball out instantly and accurately on short throws and throws in front of him
  • Shows an ability to attack one-on-one defenders with accurate fades and back-shoulder throws
  • Able to work from sideline to sideline with his progressions
  • Accurate timing throws on deep outs are second nature after years in this offense
  • Has arm talent to uncork accurate strikes when falling off-balance
  • Able to slide in all directions inside pocket to buy additional time
  • Throws very catchable ball that hits receivers in stride
  • Will look-off high safety out of position to open the middle of the field for a post throw
  • Throws with plus ball placement
Weaknesses
  • Quick release disguises inconsistent arm strength
  • Field side throws and attempts to deep middle will float allowing defenders time to close
  • Needs to work on driving ball with lower trajectory between the hash
  • Too willing to make ill-advised, off-balance throws down the field
  • Inconsistency with anticipatory throws is a concern
  • Waits too long to cut it loose leading receivers into oncoming traffic
  • Slow to see blitzers and misses hot routes
  • Mobility is below average
  • Sacked 125 times in his career
  • Pocket poise took downturns at various points during season
  • Decision making stalls out after getting through early reads
  • Majority of interceptions came against zone
  • Nonchalant short touch throws defaulting to back foot releases
  • Must prove he can win beyond his system
  • Almost 74 percent of his pass attempts were less than 10 yards
Sources Tell Us

"He's gotten so beat up in that offense that his health and poise are huge concerns for me moving forward. I was really high on him after his sophomore year but he hasn't gotten any better." -- NFC team West Coast scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league