The Buffalo Bills’ front office is heavily entrenched in scouting season. The pro scouts are combing over what is left in the free agent pool, while the college scouts are continuing their evaluations by attending prospects’ Pro Days. It appears the Bills’ scouts were not the only ones out on the road, but part of their staff took the time to attend Utah State’s Pro day on Wednesday, a workout that featured Washington State’s former starting quarterback, Luke Falk.
According to Tony Pauline of The Draft Analyst, as many as thirty teams were on hand for the Pro Day, including the Bills’ quarterback coaches. Pauline is likely referring to QB Coach David Culley and Assistant Quarterbacks/Offensive Quality Control Coach Marc Lubik.
Falk, who gained 13 pounds since his Senior Bowl appearance, is an interesting prospect, as he comes from Mike Leach’s Air Raid system, a system that is ‘QB friendly’ and that has produced some of the most prolific college passers and some of the biggest duds in the NFL.
Falk finished his career with 14,481 yards, 119 touchdowns, and only 39 interceptions, and is known for his ability to read defenses pre-snap. That ability to diagnose defenses pre-snap is extremely important, as it is usually the first ‘read’ for an Air Raid QB. The diagnosis pre-snap will help the quarterback to determine what side of the field to begin his reads and progressions on. Sound familiar? This is a very similar concept the one used before the snap in the Erhardt-Perkins system that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will likely install.
One of Falk’s primary strengths is his quick delivery. Once the defensive look is absorbed and processed, Falk has the ability to quickly deliver it accurately behind the line of scrimmage on screens and into short areas. According to Pro Football Focus, Falk had an adjusted completion percentage of 75.2% (11th) and had a 68.1% adjusted completion percentage versus pressure (6th) in 2017, which shows you that he knows where to go with the football on time and in rhythm.
But as is often the case with Air Raid quarterbacks, some of his numbers were inflated. A lot of those passes were completed behind the line of scrimmage.
Where some his traits fall short is when he is asked to drive the ball into intermediate and deep windows. He lacks the arm strength to get it there on time consistently. But reports from the Pro Day workout were that Falk impressed onlookers with his arm strength, which included passes over 65 yards downfield in windy conditions.
Falk has some traits that can translate into Daboll’s E-P system, but I believe that he is at least a couple of years from being a starter, if ever.
For a closer look at Luke Falk, check out some of our Scouting Notes:
The Bills were also busy hosting free agent cornerback Phillip Gaines on Wednesday, possibly into Thursday.
Finally, according to Jordan Schultz, Buffalo is also hosting former Miami Dolphins defensive end Terrance Fede on Thursday.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 28, 2018
He is another big end who stands 6’4″, 269 pounds and who has the ability to line up at either defensive end position. Since being drafted in 2014, he has played an average of 18.6% of snaps and registered 1 sack, 4 QB hits and and 12 QB hurries.
If signed, the depth player will be just another addition to the front seven to go along with Trent Murphy, Star Lotulelei, and Owa Odighizuwa.