David Fales, QB

School: San Jose State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Salinas, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 212 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.992.781.72- 288'7"4.507.55

Player Overview

Fales began his career at Nevada but decided to transfer because he felt he didn't fit the dual-threat role that Nevada asked of their quarterbacks. He spent two seasons at the JUCO level (Monterey Peninsula College) and had a cup of coffee at Wyoming, but eventually transferred to San Jose State for the 2012 season, starting every game for the Spartans as a junior in their zone-read pistol offense.

Fales throws a pretty ball with his touch and anticipation, but lack of arm strength shows often, especially on throws of 15-plus yards. He does an excellent job surveying the field to find an open target, seeing the field well with anticipation to make snap decisions. Fales will take chances downfield, leading to mistakes with his average arm strength. He is a quick release, rhythm passer with a high completion percentage in every outing.

One high-ranking NFL official on hand for San Jose State's March 26 pro day workout characterized 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.

Fales won't be a fit for everyone, but projects as a NFL starter and possible top-30 pick, ideally suited for a NFL west coast offense that emphasizes multiple options and quick decisions in the short-to-intermediate passing game. But his lack of elite physical tools are clear and it will most likely keep several NFL teams from putting him high on their draft board.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Quick-footed in his drops with an excellent feel in the pocket to step up and maneuver while keeping his eyes downfield. smart pre-snap reads and understands exactly where he wants to go with the ball, using his above average peripheral vision.

Good footwork and his bottom half always appears in sync with what's going on above the waist. Quick eyes and sees the field well to work through his progressions and always know where his targets are supposed to be. Balanced passer with a quick set-up and a snap delivery. Good (not great) arm strength who understands touch, knowing when to add juice to his throws and when to take some off. Poised in the pocket with a fearless attitude and accurate sense of what's going on around him. hangs tough and never gives up on plays.

Adequate build with very good toughness, bouncing up after hits. Enough mobility to scramble and won't avoid contact as a runner. Gutsy and not afraid to take chances. Terrific accuracy (72.5% completions in 2012) and gives his target a chance to make a play. Always appears calm, collected and in control of the offense. selfless personality with the preparation habits needed for the next level.

Ambitious and coachable with a strong work ethic. Confident and persistent. versatile experience under center and in pistol and shotgun formations.

WEAKNESSES: Athletic, but only average speed and can be caught from behind by defenders. Lacks elite arm strength and struggles to drive the ball on throws of 15+ yards. too many rainbows and not enough lasers, causing underthrown deep balls and allowing defenders to react and make a play on the ball.

Bad habit of throwing off-balance, causing his ball placement to waver. Overconfident and too willing to throw into coverage and take chances, especially under duress. Only average height and lacks elite size for the position. Will predetermine passes at times and lock onto targets, even when covered. Room to improve his ball security when scrambling. plays rushed at times.

Will have only two years of experience at the FBS-level.

--Dane Brugler

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Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 6/183 -- David Fales, QB, 6-2, 228, San Jose State...He is expected to come in and compete with Jerrod Johnson for developmental quarterback behind backup Jordan Palmer. He led the NCAA in completion percentage as a junior (.725) after transferring from junior college. He'd originally committed to Nevada but left after his freshman year because an offense that greatly utilized the running of Colin Kaepernick did not fit his skills. A big arm hasn't been his calling card, but accuracy has, and he threw for 66 touchdowns in two seasons with San Jose State. He completed 68 percent in two seasons. - The Sports Xchange


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