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Possible Pick: Second-Tier QB Options Include Pac-12 All-Time Leading Passer
(Editor’s Note: While the start of the 2017 NFL Draft isn’t until April 26, it’s never too early to profile some of the key participants. The staff of DallasCowboys.com intends to preview the landscape of the draft’s top prospect, with an emphasis on possible Cowboys draft picks – from the first round to the last. Today’s featured player is Washington State QB Luke Falk.)
- Name: Luke Falk
- Position: Quarterback
- College: Washington State
- Height/Weight: 6-4 / 223
- Honors: He won the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s top former walk-on. Also won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week six times in his career.
- Key Stat: Owns the Pac-12 Conference record for passing yards (14,496) and completions (357) and touchdown passes (119).
Where He’s Projected:
With this loaded QB class, it probably helps Falk, even if he’s considered to be in the second tier of this class. If a team wants to draft one in the second or third round, Falk would likely be one of the best prospects, along with Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. Falk has helped his stock with an accurate arm that can make all the throws, with ideal size for the position.
How He Helps The Cowboys:
The Cowboys will likely look to find some depth at quarterback at some point this offseason. Maybe it’s free agency or maybe in the middle rounds of the draft. Falk would be a guy to draft and perhaps groom over time. He’s not too far from being ready to start for a team but this situation would certainly give him that opportunity to develop with some time. He would help the Cowboys by giving them an accurate backup with great size and potential.
- Majority of his snaps were played out of the shot gun.
- Functions in all weather conditions.
- Plays on his toes. Bounces around the pocket.
- Makes throws from a muddy pocket.
- Keeps his feet active.
- Keeps his eyes down the field.
- Takes some big hits. Love his toughness.
- Shows some touch down the field.
- Gives his receivers a chance. Good anticipation.
- Will hang in there when facing the blitz.
- Will put the ball over the top of the defense.
- Can make near hash wide sideline throw. Will throw his guy open.
- Makes the back shoulder throw.
- Touch for the swing pass in the flat.
- Problems when he locks on a receiver.