Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Assessment by Kyle Crabbs
Name: Luke Falk
School: Washington State
Year: Redshirt Senior
Date of Birth: 12/28/1994
High School: Logan (UT)
Games played: 31
Games started: 28
Team Captain: Yes
1046/1520, 68.8% completion, 10888 passing yards, 89 passing touchdowns, 26 interceptions, 184 carries, -253 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
High School Accolades
1st team All-State as a senior, set state passing records for completions and pass attempts.
2015 1st Team All-PAC 12.
Games watched: Washington (2016), California (2016), Colorado (2016), Oregon State (2016)
Has been the featured centerpiece of his offense the past two seasons; accustomed to having the entire unit run through his arm. Makes a lot of safe, decisions when throwing short; frequently targets crossing patterns in the short and intermediate areas effectively. Has the needed arm strength to push the ball to any level, although does not always do so with desirable pacing. Crisp decision maker in processing alignments before the snap, does well processing and itemizing defensive alignment and coverage. Throws with a lot of touch outside the numbers on out breaking patterns. Big, tall body capable of seeing over the line of scrimmage in live action.
Offensive structure makes next level transition murky. Does not make a lot of NFL window throws. Will regularly throw into deep safety coverage on deep shots; appears to be pre-determining throws based on pre-snap alignments too frequently on deep targets. Was notably inaccurate down the field, completing less than 30% of targets over 20 yards down the field. Is not especially fleet of foot and is much more of a traditional drop back passer as compared to many of his contemporaries.
Washington State Quarterback Luke Falk flirted with declaring for the NFL last season before deciding to return for a fifth year with the Cougars program. The decision, based on what Falk has put out on film to date, was a wise one. Falk is a good decision maker and fairly accurate with the ball on shorter throws but he does not have the big downfield arm and vertical passing ability that his eye popping statistics would suggest.
While Falk has a great deal of issues throwing deep, he has some nice flashes between the hashes. But too frequently Falk puts throws up the sideline and leaves his receivers out to dry. It’s a habit that suggests there’s some decisions being made before the snap without adjusting based on safety and defensive back movement after the snap.
Coach Leach’s offense makes for a lot of elementary throws for Falk, who is going to need to show better down field touch, processing and decision making to ease concerns that he’s not going to be able to acclimate to new passing concepts in the NFL.