NFL Draft Insiders Prospect Profile: David Fales, Quarterback: San Jose State
San Jose State quarterback David Fales is projected as a top-30 selection in next year's NFL Draft, but he has a several issues that will limit him to what teams take a chance by selecting him as he does upside. His ability to stay focused and provide crisp, solid passes for receivers to create plays makes him a solid candidate for a team that runs the west coast offense.
He may not overly big, but he is athletic enough to move around the pocket, and will stay with the play selection and can take a hit. While not overly fast, he has excellent feet and has great pocket awareness about what's going on around him. Fales could do a much better job protecting the football in traffic, as well as his decision-making when his receivers are blanketed by coverage. Fales has the tendency to lock in on one receiver and sometimes conveys that to opposing defenses.
Fales combines of having a very quick release and high accuracy with his passes in the short to intermediate range of the field makes him ideal for that type of offensive system. His arm is comparable to that of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and Fales struggles to consistently get the football downfield for the big play. He tends to loop his throws over the top of opposing defensive backs, and at the next level, will be prime pickings for elite defenders.
Teams love players who are willing to spend the preparation time to become better, and Fales is cut from that cloth. He commands the offense and the huddle well, and conveys confidence to the players around him. He's not a screamer or a rah-rah guy, but possesses the quiet confidence that teammates respond to when the game is on the line. His coaches at Nevada-Reno, Wyoming and now at San Jose State have raved about his coach ability and his work ethic. One of the few downsides to Fales' approach on the field, is that he is a risk taker, and believes he can make any play possible, but doesn't have the élite arm to make those plays more often than not.