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San Jose State senior OLB Vince Buhagiar projects as an "eight linebacker/special teams player" in the NFL, notes Tony Pauline.

Buhagiar missed last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He was given a medical redshirt, allowing him one more season to impress pro scouts. "Off the 2012 film he was a small yet intense linebacker who willingly sacrificed his body to make tackles," wrote Pauline. Buhagiar was named to the all-conference team in 2012 while accruing the game tape Pauline mentions.
Jul 5 - 6:04 PM

Browns signed San Jose State WR Chandler Jones.

Jones (5-foot-8 5/8, 180) was an extremely productive college wideout, setting school records in career receptions (248) and touchdown catches (29), averaging 12.4 YPR as a four-year starter. He also logged 23 special teams tackles. Jones clocked forty times of 4.34 and 4.37 at San Jose State's Pro Day. Pint sized with small hands (8"), Jones will have to make his NFL living as a slot man and special teamer. He has landed in an excellent spot with the Browns' receiving corps in shambles.
May 11 - 2:27 PM

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.
May 10 - 4:03 PM

Panthers selected San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Benwikere (5-foot-10 3/4, 195) was a 30-game starter for the Spartans, graduating tied for the school's all-time lead in interceptions (14). He had seven picks as a junior and five as a senior. Benwikere did demonstrate plus athleticism (40 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump) at the Combine despite a 4.63 forty time that led some evaluators to believe he'll have to stick to zone coverage in the pros. Benwikere will play nickel corner in Carolina and could have a future at safety.
May 10 - 2:46 PM

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.
May 5 - 3:01 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.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 9:45 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.
Source: NFL.com
May 2 - 12:06 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
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

ESPN.com'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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 3:42 PM

San Jose State QB David Fales is merely a seventh-round pick or priority undrafted free agent in the eyes of NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:55 PM

San Jose State WR Chandler Jones blazed forties of 4.34 and 4.37 seconds at San Jose State’s pro day last month.

Jones was considered one of the biggest snubs left off the invitation list for the NFL Combine, so this was his time to shine. He logged a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-9 broad jump, a 4.37 second short shuttle and did the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. Jones' hands measured size-8, which is small. He did display strong, sticky mitts in college, however. Jones is coming off a huge season in which he recorded seven 100-yard receiving games and totaled 79 catches for 1,356 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:45 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.
Mar 26 - 3:26 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.
Mar 6 - 11:44 PM

San Jose State hired Greg Robinson as defensive coordinator.

The 62-year-old spent last season trying to turn around a Texas defense which was bad enough that it cost Manny Diaz his job two games into the season. Robinson replaces Kenwick Thompson, who bolted for Vanderbilt. Syracuse's former boss inherits a Spartans defense that ranked 104th in both scoring defense and total defense in 2013.
Feb 11 - 9:43 PM

Former Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson interviewed for San Jose State's DC job, according to CoachingSearch.com.

Robinson, 62, replaced Manny Diaz two games into the 2013 season. He performed admirably, moving a squad that surrendered a school-record 550 rushing yards against BYU toward respectability. He'd have a tougher job at SJSU, as the undermanned Spartans' defense ranked 104th nationally in total defense and points allowed per game last year.
Feb 9 - 1:26 PM


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