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ESPN.com just the latest to weigh in on where WSU QB will stand in 2017 -- or 2018

THE 2016 NFL draft won't wrap up until Saturday, but that hasn't stopped various pundits from getting a head start on the 2017 and 2018 drafts. The latest installment comes today from ESPN.com staff writer David Lombardi, who sees rising Washington State junior quarterback Luke Falk among the Pac-12's ten most coveted pro prospects a year from now.

"Many may discount Falk because of the 'system quarterback' stereotype attached to anyone who racks up gaudy numbers in the Air Raid, but Falk has a legitimate skill set. For one, he's more than comfortable operating under center," Lombardi writes here.

In February, WalterFootball.com pegged Falk as the No. 4 QB in the 2017 draft -- presuming that he decides to pass on his final year of eligibility at WSU. They rank DeShaun Watson of Clemson, Brad Kaaya of Miami and Chad Kelly of Mississippi in front of him. All but Kelly will be juniors this fall.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports and NFLdraftscout.com, each have those three juniors penned in for their class-year's draft, 2018, and put Falk No. 2 among the QBs behind Watson.

Last November, in assessing Falk's chances at the 2015 Heisman Trophy, optimumscouting.com opined that Heisman aside, "What does deserve attention is the bright future Falk shows, not just in college but for a future career in the NFL ... If Falk keeps showing the improvements he has this season, it is not much a stretch to see him as a possible franchise quarterback for an NFL team in the near future."


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