Luke Falk is a noted fan of Tom Brady.
Now the two of them share something: being the 199th pick in their respective NFL draft class.
The Logan native Falk was taken with the No. 199 pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft Saturday in Arlington, Texas, a slide for a quarterback projected to go in the early to mid rounds.
Falk sees some similarities between him and Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots.
"We have the same similarities in terms of style of play," he told ESPN. "We're not the most mobile guys. We can do stuff in the pocket, creating throws in a small space. (We're) accurate, kind of have the same compact throwing motion. He's the best to do it. Somebody to look up to that I've always tried to model my game after. It's a huge coincidence, pick 199. I'm so grateful that Tennessee took a shot on me."
For a couple of hours Saturday, Falk sat in the No. 2 spot on ESPN’s “best available” list of 2018 NFL draft prospects before the Titans nabbed him. He entered Day 3 of the draft as ESPN's No. 13 overall remaining prospect.
It’s the latest saga for Falk, who’s gone from all-state prep quarterback at Logan High to walk-on at Washington State to an NFL draft pick.
The three-time All-Pac-12 honoree started 40 games at Washington State, completing 66.9 percent of his passes while throwing for 14,486 yards and 119 touchdowns in his college career.
He dealt with a broken non-throwing wrist much of last season and sat during the team’s bowl game.
Still, Falk threw for 3,593 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a senior. His top college season came as a sophomore in 2015, when he threw for 4,566 yards, 38 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Falk’s durability was a concern in the pre-draft process, and could be a part of the reason he had to wait to be taken. Now, Falk is expected to battle for the backup quarterback position and develop behind entrenched fourth-year starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. Other quarterbacks on the Titans’ roster include Blaine Gabbert and Alex Tanney.
“Talking to scouts, the reason they said Washington State was so balanced on offense is because Luke Falk kept them in a balanced situation. What you’re getting with Luke Falk is a solid backup and maybe, just maybe a low-level starter,” NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said during the network’s telecast.
Falk, who stands 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, becomes the first Logan High product taken in the draft since tight end Chris Cooley was a third-round selection in 2004.
“I am so excited to be a Titan, and do whatever I can to help the team,” Falk said in a Titans press release. “I am so happy I got picked by a great organization, a great staff. I am just so happy that I have an opportunity to go and compete and have a chance to help the team.”