2018 NFL Draft Preview: Luke Falk

Washington State
Quarterback #4
Redshirt Senior, 6’4” 216

With Luke Falk’s return to college football, he is a must watch prospect for anyone interested in the NFL Draft.

The Washington State Cougars have once again ascended to national prominence in the last two seasons and it is thanks in large part to senior quarterback Luke Falk. He earned some starting time as a redshirt freshman, completing 64 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,859 yards in five games. He became the full-time starter in his sophomore year. In his two years as the full-time starter, he’s led Washington State to a 17-9 record, including a Sun Bowl victory.

His past two seasons are eerily similar in terms of stats. In his sophomore year, he completed 69.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 4,561 yards and 38 touchdowns. In his junior year, he completed 70 percent of his throws, racking up 4,468 yards and 38 touchdowns.

One thing I noticed very quickly is his poise in the pocket. His head is always on a swivel but he never looks panicked. If you zoom into only him on certain plays, you would not be able to tell that the pocket is quickly collapsing around him. For some quarterbacks, this can cause problems but he is still able to stand tall and make smart throws while being rushed. Speaking of good decisions, his red zone numbers are interesting to look at. In his sophomore season, he threw zero interceptions and 26 touchdowns inside his opponent’s 20-yard-line. In his past two years, he’s combined for 52 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while in scoring position.

The biggest thing Falk may need to improve upon is his arm strength. He can throw for distance but his throws can be a bit lofty. Even on short flat routes to running backs, he leaves the ball in the air a little too long. On cross routes up the middle, he’ll need to add velocity to his throws if he wants to adjust to the faster secondaries in the NFL.

We produced a preview of Falk before last season, he has continued to impress and improve since a year ago.

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