David Fales NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Chicago Bears QB

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2014

San Jose State quarterback David Fales during an NCAA college football game against Navy on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Marcio Jose Sanchez

David Fales, QB, San Jose State (HT: 6’1⅝”, WT: 212 lbs.)

Chicago Bears

Sixth Round: 183rd Pick

NFL Comparison: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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  • Generally does a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield when he is flushed out of the pocket
  • Good functional mobility, maneuvering the pocket well and evading the pass rush
  • Demonstrates pocket presence, identifies pass rushers and possesses the necessary spatial awareness
  • Shows poise, reacting well to pressure situations and making throws while staring down the barrel
  • Manipulates coverage with his eyes
  • Confidently throws over the middle of the field. Attacks the short, intermediate and deep levels between the hashes
  • Displays touch and some anticipation
  • Fairly elusive in the pocket, makes defenders miss
  • Can throw accurately on the move
  • Has the intelligence teams look for from their quarterbacks, picked up a new system quickly as a senior and exhibits good decision-making on the field
  • Effective play-action passer who does a nice job of selling fakes to give him more space and time to throw
  • Good ball security, successfully limited turnovers. Threw interceptions on just 2.3 percent of his passing attempts and did not fumble often
  • A winner who exhibits good leadership ability, led his Spartans to their first 11-win season during the school’s time in major college football. Served as a team captain during his senior year
  • Slides to protect his body in the open field
  • Extremely productive during his two seasons at San Jose State



  • May lack the arm strength to make all of the necessary throws at the next level, does not throw with enough velocity
  • Undersized for an NFL quarterback. Lacks prototypical height at 6’1 5/8” and muscle definition
  • Passes outside the numbers tend to lose a lot of steam
  • Not an exceptional athlete, had a mediocre showing during athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine
  • Deep ball will not strike fear into defenses, has a limited range compared to most of his peers
  • Footwork is a work-in-progress and he must be more consistent with his follow-through
  • Will not hurt opponents with his scrambling ability, lacks the speed to break off big runs
  • Occasionally a bit of hitch is evident in his throwing motion, especially when trying to compensate for lack of arm strength
  • Typically a good decision-maker, but occasionally bypasses his check-down and holds on to the ball for too long
  • Struggled a bit at the Senior Bowl, where he failed to consistently drive the ball downfield or outside the numbers
  • May not meet the physical baselines for several teams, his measurable traits are more in line with NFL backups than starters
Collegiate Statistics
2012San Jose State32745172.54193339
2013San Jose State31248764.141893313

Personal Notes

  • Second-team All-MWC 2013
  • Second-team All-WAC 2012
  • Transferred to San Jose State for his junior and senior seasons
  • First-team All-Coast Conference 2011
  • First-team All-Coast Conference 2010
  • Transferred from Monterey Peninsula College
  • Started his college career at Nevada, but did not see any time in 2009
  • Psychology major


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After finally settling in at San Jose State, David Fales enjoyed a very productive starting stint. While lacking prototypical size, arm strength and raw athleticism, he is an accurate passer that demonstrates pocket presence and functional mobility.

His physical deficiencies make him more of a backup candidate than a true developmental option, but he is a good enough football player to stick in the league for a long time. He fits best in a West Coast offense that emphasizes his accuracy and efficiency.


Draft Projection: Fifth Round


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