2018 NFL Draft: Is Luke Falk the most realistic Miami Dolphins QB option?

BERKELEY, CA – OCTOBER 13: Luke Falk #4 of the Washington State Cougars looks to pass against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter of their NCAA football game at California Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Gase wants the Miami Dolphins to draft a quarterback and so they’ll draft a quarterback.

But it may very well not be one of the names you hear talked about on NFL Network’s Path To The Draft. It may very well not be Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield, because those quarterbacks will very likely be gone when Miami picks.

But Gase wants at least one young quarterback to develop and though quarterback is not as pressing a need as linebacker, tight end, defensive tackle and running back, a mid-round flier on a quarterback like Luke Falk of Washington State makes a lot of sense.

Only seven quarterbacks in college football history have ever passed for more than Falk’s 14,481. And so if you can’t have Oklahoma’s Mayfield, the man right ahead of Falk on that list, with 14,607, why not focus on Falk?

“I think I really elevate the guys around me,” Falk said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Physically, I think I am really accurate with great anticipation. And I move the ball.”

Falk said his first formal meeting with any NFL club was the Dolphins, which of course, indicates some interest.

“I really liked those guys,” Falk said. “Dan Marino was in there so I was kind of starstruck almost. It was a great interview I thought.”

Falk completed 68 percent of his passes at Washington State, with a 142.8 passer rating. The Cougars were coached by Mike Leach, who implements the spread “Air Raid” system.

That system has led to remarkable college statistics, but not much success producing NFL quarterbacks.

“I think at the Senior Bowl I showed I can play under center and I can do all the pro-style stuff and do it at a high level,” Falk said. “Really, I see a lot of concepts of the Air Raid at the next level as well. There are a lot of true progression reads that we did in college and it worked pretty well. I think a lot of it translates. I think the only thing that was extremely new was hearing a playcall in the helmet and then going to say it in the huddle.”

Falk, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, has prototypical NFL size and possesses an efficient, quick release.

According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, Falk “gets ball out instantly and accurately on short throws and throws in front of him,” is “able to slide in all directions inside pocket to buy additional time,” and “throws very catchable ball that hits receivers in stride.”

It is possible Falk could slide to say, the fourth round. A choice in the fourth would allow Miami to grab a linebacker, tight end and defensive tackle or running back in the first three rounds.

Other quarterbacks outside the highest tier that could interest Miami would include Mike White (Western Kentucky) and Kyle Lauletta (Richmond).

Remember — Gase wants a quarterback.

But no quarterback drafted after the first round comes without concerns.

For Falk, the concerns would be: arm strength, decisions under pressure and injury history.

Falk cites admiration for Phillip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. But perhaps no quarterback inspires Falk more than Tom Brady. Why? Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft — 18 years ago.

“In high school I had a little bit of adversity,” Falk said. “Then the [ESPN 30-for-30 episode] “The Brady Six” came on. And I was already a Tom Brady fan. But then I learned about his history at Michigan and the adversity he faced with Drew Henson and how he went about each day and how he approached each day and how he has taken that mindset into the NFL being a late-round draft pick.”

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