2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Luke Falk
School: Washington State University
Projected: 3rd – 4th
Luke Falk is a former walk-on at Washington State. He turned that opportunity into three seasons as starter and multiple school and conference records. Falk started 40 games, setting the school record with 27 games, on his way to three All-PAC-12 teams. He set Pac-12 Conference and WSU career records for passing yards (14,496), total offense (14,086), passing touchdowns (119), pass completions (357), pass attempts (534).
Falk is a mid-round prospect who would be a solid backup option and spot starter. He could grow into an average starting quarterback who would need a solid run game and a good defense to take the team to the playoffs. Would be a cheaper, younger, and more talented option over Drew Stanton. Many scouts have used Kirk Cousins as an NFL comparison best case scenario.
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The first thing that stands out about Falk is his accuracy. For his career Falk finished with a 66.9 percent completion percentage. The precision is made even more amazing by the amount of attempts he had in Pullman. Part of his accuracy comes from the use of his eyes to move defenders around. While he often lacked elite talent on the outside, Falk used his knowledge of the routes and his pre-snap reads to often keep safeties off passes over the middle. He is great in the pocket and feels pressure well. While not a great athlete, Falk is able to get away from the rush and often stands tall to make the throw. Has an above-average arm that can make NFL caliber throws. His time in college showed his ability to learn and grow as both a passer and leader.
While Falk is a very accurate passer, he does tend to press and throw into coverage. Quick switches in coverage after the snap can cause confusion. He is tall and lanky and will need to put on weight to avoid injuries. Has a slightly elongated throwing motion that will need to be fixed.