2014 Pro Days: Fales, Jones turn heads at San Jose State workout
While most of the attention on a busy Wednesday of Pro Day workouts centered on Blake Bortles at Central Florida, David Fales rewarded scouts with an impressive passing session out west. As far as Fales could heave the ball, however, he couldn't out-throw speedy receiver Chandler Jones, who twice was clocked at sub 4.4.
In terms of pure statistics, in fact, the workout was even more impressive.
One high-ranking NFL official on hand for San Jose State's workout characterized senior quarterback David Fales' scripted 52-play throwing session as "pretty damn good." Fales reportedly only missed on one pass the entire day -- a deep post that sailed just a bit long.
The scout also passed along that he timed wideout Chandler Jones at 4.38 seconds in both of his attempts at the 40-yard dash.
The underrated duo personified a San Jose State program that didn't generate a lot of national attention in 2013 but clearly is valued by NFL scouts, as evidenced by the fact that 35 scouts representing 25 NFL teams attended the Pro Day.
Fales, who out-played Fresno State's Derek Carr in a highly anticipated showdown November 29 that ended the Bulldogs' then-undefeated season, ranks as one of the more intriguing second-tier quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class. He struggled early with illness at the Senior Bowl but improved each day in Mobile and was at his best during the all-important Wednesday practice. His reputation as a gamer only improved this Wednesday, as well, as he showed impressive accuracy throughout the throwing session.
While Fales' ball placement is worth noting, the reason he's viewed as a second-tier prospect rather than a potential first round candidate is that he lacks ideal arm strength. Fales relies on anticipation and accuracy to be effective -- traits which could lead to success in a traditional West Coast Offense-based scheme but may not cut it in other, more aggressive vertical passing attacks.
Fales' highly accurate passes left scouts impressed but it was the speed demonstrated by his former receiver, Jones, that could wind up having a greater impact on draft day.
Jones, a notable Combine snub, certainly showcased the speed scouts are looking for. He was "officially" credited with a 4.34-second 40-yard dash by San Jose State -- a time that would have placed the 5-foot-8, 183-pound Jones behind only Kent State's Dri Archer (4.26) Oregon State's Brandin Cooks (4.33) as the fastest receiver clocked in Indianapolis.
The news wasn't so positive for another former Spartan as cornerback Bene Benwikere was clocked at 4.67 and 4.68 seconds in his two attempts at the 40-yard dash. Benwikere was credited with a 4.63 at the Combine.
Full workout results -- and even a streaming video of the Pro Day (including Fales' throwing session) -- can be seen at San Jose State's official website.
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