New England Patriots: Why Luke Falk could be the man to succeed Tom Brady

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Luke Falk
TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Quarterback Luke Falk /

The New England Patriots may or may not select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft, but Washington State’s Luke Falk is one quarterback prospect to keep an eye on.

This year’s quarterback class will make it hard for the New England Patriots not to select on in the 2018 NFL draft.


Because a few of them have modeled their game after the player they could one day replace.  Of course, that man is the ageless wonder known as Tom Brady.  And, when it comes to modeling his game after the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, no one does it better than Washington State’s Luke Falk.

A healthy obsession

While there are other intriguing options for the Patriots to consider, like Lamar Jackson and Kyle Lauletta, Falk may be in the best position to learn directly from Brady.  One main reason is the way he approaches the game.  Just like the GOAT, Falk aims for constant improvement and perfection.

Check out what Luke Falk’s high school coach, Mike Favero had to say about the NFL prospect:

"“Luke is driven and strives for perfection.  Luke knows, and I think Tom Brady has been the greatest role model of that of anybody in the history of football,” Favero said, as transcribed by WEEI.  “Luke takes a very comprehensive approach to greatness, or trying to be excellent and perfect.  He knows that it encompasses far more than just the game.  He is trying to perfect the process, which includes comprehending things all the way from recovery to nutrition to mental toughness to strength-training to techniques, all of those things.”"

Gee, that sounds just like the TB12 Method.  Admitting he has the book, Falk also focuses on his health as a main tool in his success.

Learning from the best

At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Falk is not the most athletic quarterback.  But, what we have all learned from Tom Brady, what Falk himself has learned, is that athleticism is not the main ingredient to becoming a successful quarterback in the league.

In that respect, as well as the way he studies the game through film, Falk definitely have the mental and physical tools to make it in the league.  The fact that he is already obsessed with everything Tom Brady, if given the opportunity, the Washington State product would jump at the chance to learn directly from his role model.

"“I just think wherever I land I will just try to get the most information that I can,” Falk said.  If I landed [in New England], I would just be a sponge with everything that he’s done.  He is the greatest of all-time, there’s no doubt about it.  It would be a really cool experience.”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"

Quick thoughts

The New England Patriots do have great needs on the defensive side of the football, but using one of their picks on a quarterback like Luke Falk wouldn’t be discouraged.

Given Brady’s age, the team has to start grooming the next successor.  Why not take a shot at a player who already models his game after Tom Brady as much as Falk does?  His talent is not too shabby either.

The Pac-12’s all-time passing leader finished the 2017 season throwing for 3,593 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.  What really stands out is that he completed 67 percent of his passes.  The accuracy is there, the arm strength is there and most importantly, he has the mental mindset to be productive in the Patriots system.

The mental aspect of his game and the fact that he is a rhythm passer who gets the ball out quick could be what separates him from a Ryan Mallett and puts him more on the level of Jimmy Garoppolo.

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In other words, if Luke Falk is there in the late third or fourth round, the New England Patriots should call his name.