Jake Luton

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Jonathan Smith received a bunch of calls regarding Jake Luton leading up to the NFL Draft

Just over one week ago, Oregon State had its most successful NFL Draft weekend since the 2015 season with several Beavs finding new homes in the NFL whether it was hearing their name come off the Big Board on draft night or signed as an undrafted free agent.

Those who were drafted were: quarterback Jake Luton (round six, pick 189 to the Jacksonville Jaguars); offensive lineman Blake Brandel (round six, pick 203 to the Minnesota Vikings); and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (round six, pick 207 to the Buffalo Bills).

Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:

All three guys - just fired up for each of them. Well deserved. I think all three of those guys can play at that level. — Coach Smith

The NFL Draft is full of surprises, but one thing in particular that did not surprise Smith at all was Jake Luton getting drafted. 

We got a bunch of calls on him leading into the draft because some of it was on his tape. He was doing NFL things: playing under center, play action passes, had a great year. Felt pretty comfortable going into it that Luton was going to get himself drafted. — Coach Smith

Luton is headed to the opposite end of the country, approximately 44 hours and just under 3,000 miles away to Jacksonville, Florida. He will be in competition with second-year QB “Minshew Mania” Gardner Minshew II, who was also a sixth round selection by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and recorded 21 passing touchdowns and 3,271 passing yards in 2019, both the most by a rookie in franchise history.

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You can listen to the full podcast with Coach Smith and host Nigel Burton here.

What the Jacksonville Jaguars saw in Oregon State QB Jake Luton

What the Jacksonville Jaguars saw in Oregon State QB Jake Luton

This is one big day for Oregon State Quarterback Jake Luton. 

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 189th player selected. He is added to a roster that features two other quarterbacks right now: Gardner Minshew, the former Washington State Cougar, and Joshua Gibbs, who played at Tennessee. Nick Foles was in Jacksonville last year but is now with the Chicago Bears.

This is a great opportunity for Luton who had a tremendous redshirt senior season at Oregon State throwing 28 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. He did show NFL arm strength at the Combine in February and great accuracy on fade routes.

This is a tremendous accomplishment for Luton. Beaver fans remember September 16, 2017 in Pullman. He was knocked out of the game with a serious back injury. Removed from the field on a stretcher it looked serious. It turned out to be a thoracic spine fracture and he did achieve a full recovery.

Luton is the first Oregon State Beaver to ever be drafted by Jacksonville and takes pretty impressive number from college football into the NFL. He wound up with 5,227 yards passing which is 7th all-time at Oregon State. 42 touchdown passes which is fifth all-time.

Luton joins a pretty good group of Beavers drafted in the NFL. Derek Anderson was drafted in the sixth round by Baltimore in 2005. Sean Canfield went in the seventh round to New Orleans in 2010 and Sean Mannion went in the third round in 2015 to the St. Louis Rams.

More on Luton and his reaction soon!

Jacksonville Jaguars select Oregon State QB Jake Luton No. 189 overall

Jacksonville Jaguars select Oregon State QB Jake Luton No. 189 overall

There's another Beaver lining up under center in the NFL.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton with the No. 189 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jake Luton

Position: Quarterback
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Marysville, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’6 1/8" 

Weight: 224 pounds

Hands: 10 3/8

Arms: 31 6/8

Wingspan: 77 5/8

His resume

After missing most of the 2017 season with a thoracic spine injury and being limited to just eight games in 2018 with a sprained ankle, Luton was named 2019 Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year in his sixth and final year at Oregon. 

The Beavers signal-caller passed for 2,714 yards with 62 percent completion, recording 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions though 11 games in 2019. He helped lead the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. 

Luton played 23 games (21 starts) at Oregon State, and concluded his career fifth in touchdown passes with 42 and seventh in passing yards with 5,227. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Hula Bowl. 

What the Jaguars are getting in Luton

Luton was called the late-round quarterback to get by Naismith Hall of Famer Gil Bryant during the draft process. He has good accuracy and should be able to compete for a roster spot as a backup quarterback. 

2020 NFL Draft Profile: How Jake Luton became the comeback kid

2020 NFL Draft Profile: How Jake Luton became the comeback kid

Jake Luton

Position: Quarterback
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Marysville, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’6 1/8" 

Weight: 224 pounds

Hands: 10 3/8

Arms: 31 6/8

Wingspan: 77 5/8

Overview

You can just call him the comeback kid. 

After missing most of the 2017 season with a thoracic spine injury and being limited to just eight games in 2018 with a sprained ankle, Luton was named 2019 Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year in his sixth and final year at Oregon. 

The Beavers signal caller passed for 2,714 yards with 62 percent completion, recording 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions though 11 games in 2019. He helped lead the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014.

Luton played 23 games (21 starts) at Oregon State, and concluded his career fifth in touchdown passes with 42 and seventh in passing yards with 5,227. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Hula Bowl. 

Draft projections

Luton is projected to be a Day 3 or UDFA range prospect come draft day. 

Strengths

- Big frame 
- Requisite arm strength 
- Poised in the pocket

Weaknesses

- Injury history 
- Accuracy 

Social media workouts

Luton shared this post on his Instagram in early April. 

Jake Luton the late-round QB to get according to Gil Brandt

Jake Luton the late-round QB to get according to Gil Brandt

Just two weeks out from the 2020 NFL Draft and Beaver Nation has their attention on two players in particular: Isaiah Hodgins and Jake Luton

Hodgins will be taken some time in the second day or third day of the draft, most likely in the third or fourth rounds. 

On the other hand, the man that threw Hodgins the ball last season will be selected in the later rounds of the draft during the final day, but one prominent draft analyst, Gil Brandt, thinks Luton could be a steal.


I would roll the dice on Jake Luton from Oregon St. He has a big arm and threw for 28 touchdowns against only 3 INTs last season on a bad team. Pretty good athlete. High school team ran the Wing-T. Was around college football for six years. - Gil Brandt

The question asked in rounds 3-5, so perhaps Brandt thinks that Luton could do around the midpoint of the draft. Luton had a completion percentage of 62%, good for 2,714 yards for 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions, as a sixth-year senior at Oregon State. He led the Beavers to their best finish ever in the Pac-12 North (tied for second) and finished one win short of the program's first bowl game since 2013. 

Brandt's most famous for serving as Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1988, winning two Super Bowls in the process. He later got inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

His opinion holds credence too.

In Brandt's career, he pioneered many scouting techniques such as using computers for scouting evaluations, looking outside football for prospects, drafting based on potential in the lower rounds which yielded Dallas Herschel Walker, use of psychological tests and helped create the NFL Scouting Combine. Those advancements helped the Cowboys win two titles while he worked for the franchise, and trading Walker to Minnesota in 1989 paved the way for three more Super Bowls in the 1990s. 

He now works for NFL.com as a draft analyst and Sirius XM as a radio host.  

The NFL Draft will be done virtually from April 23-25. 

Will former Beavers QB Jake Luton replace Tom Brady?

Will former Beavers QB Jake Luton replace Tom Brady?

Teams at the NFL Combine are known for asking some eyebrow-raising questions to their prospects during the pre-draft process. This week, former Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton was caught off guard when asked one loaded question from a New England Patriots scout: “How would you replace Tom Brady?”

Did the scout really just ask how Luton, a potential late-round pick, how he would replace a quarterback who has won six Super Bowls with the Patriots? Yes, yes he did. 

The 6-foot-6, 224-pound Luton said the question surprised him, mainly because it is such a tough question to answer. However, he did not back off from the idea of replacing the G.O.A.T in New England.  

“I said that’s tough,” Luton said. ”Those are big shoes to fill. But for me I’m a pretty even-keel guy. I kind of reiterated that. I said I’m going to be consistent; I’m going to be prepared as best as I can be, and I’ve never let any of the outside noise distract me. I don’t think that that would be an issue.

I bring it every day and prove that I’m a leader. No matter if it’s a high or a low, I’m going to keep doing it every day. However, that pans out; I’m not going to be worried about filling anybody’s shoes if I’m doing the best that I can do.

A big question looms for the Patriots: Will Brady play in New England next season? If he decides to join another team, it would end a historic run for New England that included six Super Bowl championships, the most of any player in NFL history. It does seem a little interesting that the Patriots are asking this question. Do they expect him to leave?

Whether Brady comes back this season or not, the Patriots need to invest in their future at quarterback. Luton is projected to be a late-round selection or priority free agent come April. In 2019, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,714 yards and 28 touchdowns with just three interceptions through 11 games. 

He was named “National Comeback Player of the Year,” but will heir to Brady be his next title? One thing is for certain: Luton will be as prepared as he can be if Bill Belichick gives him a call. 

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

Overcoming adversity is a part of Jake Luton’s journey.

The former Oregon State quarterback overcame a thoracic spine injury in 2017 and a sprained ankle in 2018 to help pilot the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. His determination earned him the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award, a prestigious honor which recognizes a player who battled injury or illness.

The award speaks volumes of Luton’s tenacity. His injury-plagued past isn’t just a part of who he is, but also who he's become. 

At the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Luton talked about how the game of football has taught him perseverance, something he has experienced first-hand in his collegiate career at Oregon State.

“I’ve had my share of getting knocked down,” Luton said. “I just keep getting back up. I keep fighting. I think that’s something that will help me in this process. I think team’s will see that and see that I have the ability to —I’m a fighter.”

In his “comeback kid” season in 2019, Luton started 11 games, throwing for 2,714 yards while completing 62.0 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on two occasions and appeared on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Award watch lists.

Luton completed his career at Oregon State playing 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards. 

He reflected on his final year with the Beavers and credited then second-year coach Jonathan Smith with the team's mounting success.

“He’s gonna turn that around,” Luton said of Smith. “I think we proved it this year. We kind of got the ball rolling. Would have liked to get a few more wins than we got, but just to make the strides that we did. They have a lot of great guys in that system. I think they’ll kind of keep taking that next stride and I’m excited to see them work.”

In his career at Oregon State, Luton played 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards.

He is now ready to carve his path amongst the future of the NFL, starting at the combine. He'll use the pre-draft process to prove his rousing success in college can be carried into his professional football career.

The 6-6, 224-pound quarterback has already gained the attention of teams like the Texans and Patriots, who reportedly pulled him aside for informal interviews this week. Now, he just has to do what he's been doing since the 2017 season, be patient, trust the process and persevere.

And if Luton's name gets called in April, he will be ready. 

"I’m going to be prepared as best as I can be," Luton said. "I’ve never let any of the outside noise distract me, so I don’t think that would be an issue. I’d bring it every day and prove that I’m a leader, no matter if it’s a high or a low. Keep doing it every day, however that works out." 

"I’m not going to worry about filling anyone’s shoes. Just doing the best that I can do.”

The best moments of the Talkin' Beavers podcast in 2019

The best moments of the Talkin' Beavers podcast in 2019

On this week’s episode of the Talkin’ Beavers podcast, host Nigel Burton takes you back through some of the podcast's best moments from 2019.

Clips include answers from Tristan Gebbia reviewing his Civil War tape, Jake Luton talking about the future of the program under Gebbia, former-Beavers head coach Dennis Erickson wanting to coach again, women’s head coach Scott Rueck discussing the then-upcoming season, and getting to know future-NFL wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins better in a this-or-that questions game. 

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Oregon State QB Jake Luton an "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about.”

Oregon State QB Jake Luton an "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about.”

Coming off a career best season in Corvallis, Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton plans to pursue his NFL dream after finishing up school this week.

The sixth year senior, who passed for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions this past season in eleven games, joined the Talkin’ Beavers podcast to talk about his successor Tristan Gebbia, his thoughts on wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins going pro and Luton's NFL aspirations. 

Finishing up school this week. I’ve started some conversations with some training facilities and some agents, trying to find a good fit for me...I’ve accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA [Collegiate] Bowl so I’ll go do that in January and then train, training and getting prepared for the whole [draft] process. Get my body right, get my mind right so hopefully when the time comes...I’m able to throw the ball for these guys and get some interviews with some teams. That I’m prepared and ready to go and hopefully just get a shot.

In the coming weeks, Luton will hire an agent and start the pre-draft process after getting his second college degree. He'll get opportunities at the Hula Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to impress draft scouts ahead of 2020 NFL Draft. 

As for his draft stock? It may be better than you realize.

Following a week 12 victory over Arizona State where the signal caller threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard named Luton as a draft riser and a potential selection of Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

New Washington Huskies Coach Jimmy Lake referred to Luton as a future "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about" to News Tribune's Lauren Kirschman.

Beaver fans will have to keep an eye on Luton as he aims to suit up at the next level. 

You can listen to his full interview here.

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Jake Luton on the future heir Tristan Gebbia

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Jake Luton on the future heir Tristan Gebbia

When Oregon State football quarterback Jake Luton did not trot onto the field at Autzen Stadium in this year's 123rd chapter of the Civil War, redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia gave Beavs fans a glimpse into the future. Gebbia finished the game 26-for-40 for 243 yards. Not a bad debut for your first career start against one of the top defenses in the Pac-12 conference.

Luton joins Talkin' Beavers with host Nigel Burton to discuss his time at Oregon State, his future hopes for football and the new with regime with Tristan Gebbia behind Center.

Listen to the full podcast below: