David Fales is in only his second season as the starting quarterback for the San Jose State Spartans, but he is generating plenty of draft buzz after the numbers he put up for his team last season. Fales originally was a quarterback for the Nevada Wolfpack, behind current NFL-star Colin Kaepernick. But after redshirting his first season, he then transferred to a community college where he played two years before ending up as a member of the Spartans in San Jose.
Fales burst onto the scene as a junior last season for the Spartans throwing for over 4,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. Fales succeeds because of his pinpoint accuracy, which he utilizes no matter how deep the throw. In 2012 Fales completed 72.5 percent of his passes, which is quite an impressive number when realizing he threw the ball 451 times, and ended the year with just nine interceptions. Fales displayed his accuracy against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday as he connected for a 76-yard second-quarter touchdown with wide receiver Chandler Jones, who caught the ball roughly 30 yards down the field on a beautifully placed “over the shoulder” throw by Fales.
The 2014 QB draft class will be a strong one if the many talented juniors decide to enter the draft, which has led Fales to be projected as a third round or later draft selection. This provides Fales, along with the team who drafts him, the opportunity to develop for a year or so without the pressure of being a first-round pick who is expected to contribute right away.
Fales is the typical pocket passer who shows plenty of poise in the pocket and has great accuracy, two traits which tend to travel well to the next level. Fales would likely enter the league as what is considered a “game manager,” as he is a player who fails to make the flashy plays and limits turnovers. In reality however Fales could be used in the NFL how he is at San Jose State, which is by being their main source of offensive production.
The Spartans lost their leading rusher from last season De’Leon Eskridge. Through three games this season, the coaching staff has failed to show a commitment to running the ball with Jason Simpson who has under 50 carries so far. They instead are trying to ride the arm of Fales to victory, which worked well last season, but has yet to be seen in 2013.
Fales has many of the traits scouts look for in college passers, he simply will be a late round pick because of the strength of the current QB class. Unless ending up in the perfect situation to compete for a job at the next level, Fales will likely enter the league in a Kirk Cousins situation where he will flash his skills in preseason and limited regular season time, but will be seen as a possible starter for a franchise in need.