NFL Draft Profiles: Quarterbacks The Chiefs May Want Target

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Nov 2, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose State Spartans quarterback

David Fales

makes a pass during the third quarter of an NCAA football game against the UNLV Rebels at

Sam Boyd

Stadium. The Spartans won the game 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 212 COLLEGE: San Jose State

40 TIME: 4.99 3-CONE: 7.55

CAREER STATS: 66 TD, 22 INT, 68.1%, 8.382 yards in 938 attempts over 25 games

In terms of pure passing ability, there may not be anyone more prepared for Andy Reid’s offense than David Fales. In the 2012 season, Fales completed a staggering 72.5-percent of his passes in a West Coast style offense. Fales relies a lot on timing and accuracy, which are key in Reid’s offense.

Fales also started his career at Nevada, but decided to transfer after determining he was not a fit for the offense as a duel-threat quarterback. Therein lies some of the problems with Fales as he doesn’t have excellent athleticism. This isn’t to say he is not athletic, but he’s not as polished of an athlete as Connor Shaw, for example.

There are also questions about his arm strength, particularly on throws beyond 15 yards. Some of this may be based on his mechanics and some may be based on the strength of this lower half. An NFL weight room would help him a lot.

Here’s what Dane Brugler said about Fales.

"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."

Fales is projected to go somewhere between the fifth and sixth rounds, which is in a good range for the Chiefs to look at a quarterback. If they think his is mobile enough to fit the offense and can build some additional arm strength, he may be very good option as a backup quarterback and potential starter for the Chiefs.