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2020 NFL Draft: Player Profile - QB Jake Luton (Oregon State)

The Beavers quarterback is a borderline NFL draft pick.

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Basic Information

NCAA Football: Oregon State at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • Name: Jake Luton
  • Hometown: Marysville, Washington
  • Height: 6’ 6”
  • Weight: 224 lbs
  • Hand Size: 10 3/8”
  • Prospect Position Rank: #10 (NFL.com)
  • Projected Rounds: 5-7

The Skinny

The Good: One positive for Luton heading into the NFL Draft is that his hand size - the characteristic apparently crucial to playing quarterback successfully in the NFL - is not a concern, as the towering talent would rank among the league’s largest hands. He also has a ideal frame for an NFL prospect, who can easily find his vision over his offensive line. The 6’ 6” talent has never been a turnover concern, as in 2019, he completed 62.0% of his passing attempts for 2,714 yards, while tossing just 3 interceptions compared to 28 touchdowns. Playing in a pro-style offense, he knows how to run the show and make the right decisions. He has a pro mindset already.

The Bad: Across the board, the Washington-native is considered solid at a lot of things and is not considered truly great at much. Many scouts see his ball security as a product of an inability to make plays down the field, where his arm is pedestrian at making deep-ball throws. He’s not much of a threat to run from the pocket, turning play-calling into a one dimensional art, where it’s either read through the progressions or throw the ball into the stands. A player with a past spine injury is always a worry as well. Luton is a guy who thrives with consistent playtime and he won’t get that chance in the NFL, unless he’s called upon as a fill-in. He’s viewed as a dime-a-dozen.


The Final Word

Luton is a late-round pick, who could hear his name called on Day Three if there’s a run on quarterbacks or a team is addressing a last-minute need. If not, he’ll be a quick signing for any franchise asking for some quarterback competition in camp.