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David Fales | Quarterback

Team: San Jose State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220

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Bears selected San Jose State QB David Fales with the No. 183 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
So much for GM Phil Emery's "study" against drafting late-round quarterbacks. Fales (6-foot-1 5/8, 212) spent two seasons with the Spartans after transferring from community college, posting a 17-8 record, 66:22 TD-to-INT ratio, and 68.1 completion rate across 25 starts. Fairly old for a rookie, he'll turn 24 in October. A quick, decisive, rhythm-and-timing passer with plus pocket presence, Fales' strength is accuracy in the short to intermediate sections. ESPN's Trent Dilfer has called Fales "identical" to former Chiefs QB Trent Green, though he lacks arm strength to consistently drive the ball vertically. Ultimately, Fales' likeliest projection is a high-end NFL backup to low-end starter. He has a fairly clear path to No. 2 duties for quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman, having to beat out only Jordan Palmer. Sat, May 10, 2014 04:03:00 PM

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The Detroit News reports that ESPN's Jon Gruden believes San Jose State QB David Fales and Clemson QB Tahj Boyd, "might appeal to the Lions" as late-round possibilities for the Lions.

The Lions were unable to sign Shaun Hill in the off-season, and now have Dan Orlovsky as Stafford's back-up. Currently, Kellen Moore sits behind Orlovsky on the depth chart and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and QB coach Jim Bob Cooter may look to the draft to find their own developmental quarterback. Potential prospects David Fales and Tajh Boyd, are projected to go anywhere from the fifth to the seventh-round in the draft.
Mon, May 5, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Bears GM Phil Emery recently conducted a "study" that revealed late-round QBs aren't worth their draft slot.

"That developmental theory doesn't hold a whole lot of water," Emery said. "So who has gotten developed? There isn't a single quarterback after the third round since 2006 that has been a long-term starter. ... And most of them (third-round QBs) have been wiped out of the league." The findings of the study are as interesting as Emery's willingness to share them. It won't affect a guy like David Fales' draft stock, but it is interesting ammo to use the next time a draftnik argues the merits of seventh-round QBs with you. Emery is apparently content with Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson as Jay Cutler's backups.
Sun, May 4, 2014 09:45:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes San Jose State QB David Fales will "wear a baseball cap for 10 years" as a backup.

The respected analyst also thinks Fales could eventually compete for a starting gig. Fales has started to win a few experts back into his corner after punting his "sleeper" hype from pre-2013. Last week, for instance, CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Fales a "diamond in the rough," stating the Spartan stood out in three categories the analyst looks for in QBs: awareness, accuracy and competitiveness. Rang believes Foles could turn into Jon Kitna or Shaun Hill.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:06:00 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes San Jose State QB David Fales is a "diamond in the rough."

Fales has mostly been ignored during the draft process because he's short and doesn't have much arm strength, but Rang believes he "stands out" in three categories the analyst looks for in QBs: awareness, accuracy and competitiveness. "He won't come off the board until Day 3," Rang wrote, "but if correctly drafted into a timing-based, short to intermediate attack, he'll prove at least a capable backup, in the mold of Jon Kitna and Shaun Hill, and quite possibly much more."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:53:00 PM's Bill Williamson reports that San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh believes San Jose State QB David Fales is one of the five best quarterback prospects available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Coach Harbaugh had the opportunity to personally work out Fales himself during the 49ers pro day workout for local prospects. GM Trent Baalke also had high praise for the Spartan quarterback. "He's very composed. He's a very smart football player," Baalke said. "You look at him statistically, he's won a lot of games. He won a shootout at Fresno which I happened to be at. He's got good arm talent. He can make all the throws. He's very accurate, especially in the short to intermediate game. There's a lot to like about him." Fales is projected to be a late-round prospect and perhaps the 49ers could take a flyer on him in the later rounds.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 03:42:00 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales is merely a seventh-round pick or priority undrafted free agent in the eyes of's Gil Brandt.

Coming into the 2013 season, Fales' draft stock was essentially what Jimmy Garoppolo's is right now: He was a small school chain-mover who didn't impress with arm strength but had great accuracy, rhythm and timing. As scouts broke down his tape, however, they became even less impressed by Fales' arm, and he's no longer even discussed with the intriguing developmental QB prospects.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 06:55:00 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales has an "average arm but functional enough," according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Studying David Fales. Average arm but functional enough. Very accurate when able to throw with rhythm and timing. However," Weidl tweeted. With the lack of elite physical tools, Fales could be a fit for a west coast offense in the NFL that emphasizes multiple options and quick decisions in the short-to-intermediate passing game. Fales could definitely take advantage of his best traits, which is his accuracy, rhythm and timing. The San Jose State prospect should be selected on the third day of the draft.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 03:26:00 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales has "starting NFL-caliber traits," says NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

Fales' arm strength improved from his junior to senior seasons, according to Cosell, who listed "pocket command, decision-making, and ball placement" as Fales' starting-NFL qualities. "He's a rhythm player," Cosell said. "What happens if that rhythm gets disrupted?" The expert said some teams might see Andy Dalton in Fales.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 11:44:00 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales won the quarterback competition at the Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge on Tuesday.

The event aired on ESPN2. Fales bested Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech to win the event, though he lost to Boyd in the arm strength contest. Fales' success in the overall competition can be chalked up to most of it being based on accuracy, which he possesses, and which his competitors do not.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 08:07:00 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales told Sirius' Alex Marvez he was dealing with an illness on Monday and Tuesday of Senior Bowl week.

Fales was on the same team as the top two quarterbacks at the event, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo, and his arm was already a step back from the duo even before the week. Fales wins with sound pocket movement and patience, as he is not afraid to work through progressions. The senior will be selected on the third day.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:55:00 AM

San Jose State senior QB David Fales measured in at 6'1 and 3/8th of an inch and 220 pounds for Senior Bowl week.

This was about as expected. Fales has always drawn criticism from scouts that say his arm isn't strong enough to consistently test defenses vertically. We were impressed by his ability to sporadically make difficult throws to the outside from time to time last season. We'll be watching how evaluators interpret Fales' passing velocity during the draft process.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 09:04:00 PM's Charles Davis believes San Jose State senior QB David Fales isn't far behind Fresno State's Derek Carr.

"Evaluators I hear from are very high on him," Davis writes. "They keep saying, "I've got to see more of him." ...He has an excellent skill set. The whole package -- size, arm strength, accuracy, footwork -- just screams quarterback." Fales has taken a back seat in the quarterback discussion this season, but he displays patience to survey the field and positive pocket movement.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 05:00:00 PM

San Jose State senior QB David Fales completed 37 of 45 attempts for 547 yards and six touchdowns in the school's 62-52 win over Fresno State.

Fales drew a lot of preseason praise thanks to his tendency to work through progressions and stick to the pocket. However, Fales lost some accompanying talent to the NFL and injury, but he showed everything you want in this game. Many will say he doesn't have the arm to consistently test defenses vertically, but he can make throws to the outside on occasion.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 09:05:00 PM

San Jose State senior QB David Fales completed 42 of 56 attempts for 440 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in the school's 58-52 loss to Navy.

Much of the focus will be on Foles' interception in the third overtime, practically handing the game to Navy. Fales beat the service academy with multiple double moves, utilizing a pump fake and allowing the receivers to cut upfield. He will be a second or third day pick in May.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 11:30:00 AM