QB Luke Falk (USA Today)

So if WSU's Luke Falk goes early to the NFL, where will he land in the draft?

BETWEEN BLEACHER Report’s jumping of the gun and Luke Falk’s subsequent press conference to refute the claim he will forego his senior season at Washington State for an early shot at the NFL, it’s fair to guess that his draft status has never been more studied than in the last 24 hours. But the plain reality is that virtually every 2017 draft forecaster in the nation has been looking at Falk since last season ended.

Todd McShay of ESPN came out last week with his assessment of the quarterback talent available in 2017 (or, more aptly, possibly available since so many of the best are still juniors) and pegged Falk at No. 4 behind DeShaun Watson of Clemson, Brad Kaaya of Miami and DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame.

McShay placed Falk at the top of his Tier 2 list – guys who “might never be starters, but they have some impressive tools.

He writes of WSU’s record-setting fourth-year junior: “Falk has flashed the ability to make full-field reads. And he shows good anticipation and accuracy. But he comes from a system that has never produced a QB with sustained success in the NFL.

Mel Kiper, one of McShay’s colleagues at ESPN, put forth his 2017 QB assessment a month ago. He had Falk at No. 5, with those same three ahead of him, plus North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, who Kiper slotted as the No. 1 signal caller.

If Falk were to make himself available in April’s draft, being the fourth or fifth QB taken would likely slot him in the third or fourth rounds.

In the Draftwire/USA Today mock draft a week ago, Falk was the No. 6 QB and No. 84 overall pick, going to the New York Giants. They had Kizer, Watson and Kaaya going in the first round, in that order; Mason Rudolph of Clemson going in the second round;  and Falk and Trubisky (No. 70 overall) going in the third.

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