With the 183rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears selected San Jose State quarterback David Fales. Fales is 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds and rated as the No. 6 quarterback in the draft and 78th overall, according to Mocking The Draft. Mocking the Draft is higher on Fales than other draft pundits.
After a great junior year, Fales took a small step back and part of that was because his team went from double-digit wins in the WAC to just six wins in their first year in the Mountain West. As for Fales himself, his stats put him at the top of the Mountain West by averaging 349 yards per game, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. There was no dip in those categories since he played in one less game in 2013, but his completion percentage took a hit as it dipped from 72 to 64 percent. Completing nearly two-thirds of one's pass is good but the dip is a concern especially since Fales had good quarterbacks to throw the ball to.
At the next level Fales will most likely be a backup for most of his career, but he has shown talent to be an elite prospect so it could be a few years and the right team before he can become a NFL starting quarterback.
Here is a snippet of Fales' scouting report:
As for what Fales does well, he has good pocket presence and can keep focus down field even when under pressure. He is a very smart player as well and makes quality adjustments at the line of scrimmage and was given the luxury last season to change plays at the line of scrimmage.
Fales has a good but not extremely great arm however he makes up for that with great touch and nearly every through, plus he is able to make all of the required NFL throws.
While his arm is capable it is also his weakness because he doesn't have that elite arm strength, but at times that can be overrated. Those deep balls is where his arm strength comes into question, because all year watching him throw anything beyond 15 yards ended up in more of a floater causing him to under throw deep passes and allow safeties to rush in at the last moment to make a play on the ball.
Here are highlights of Fales in his best game which came against Fresno State last year: