Bears, Round 6. Transferred from Nevada to community college to Wyoming to San Jose State. I see him as the third QB on the roster, ahead of Jordan Palmer but behind Jimmy Clausen. His short and medium accuracy are good enough for the NFL, but he just doesn’t have enough arm talent to make it as a starter. The Bears are a good situation for him, though, with big receivers who can outmuscle CBs for floating passes. Trestman knows QBs, and, if anybody can work with Fales, it’s him.
All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.
Positives: Adequate bulk and hand size. His passes have adequate velocity under optimal conditions. Throws a very catchable short and medium pass, with above-average accuracy. Above-average accuracy on timing routes, and shows good anticipation to hit receivers coming out of their breaks. Spreads the ball around as a quarterback. On the run, he keeps his eyes downfield looking to pass, but also knows when to throw the ball away. Moves fairly well inside the pocket and can step up to elude outside pressure. Adequate speed and is willing to run. Okay play fakes.
Negatives: Slightly below-average height for the position. Below-average speed and poor quickness. Slightly below-average height. Arm strength is a liability. Below-average arm strength and deep accuracy. He doesn’t have enough velocity on his passes to cut through high winds, and his passes tend to wobble when he has to put any velocity behind them. Tends to lock onto receivers, and doesn’t read the safety’s position well. In the red zone, his field vision seems to narrow, and he doesn’t see easier opportunities in the middle of the field. He often throws off of his back foot and loses even more velocity when he does. Below-average ball security in the pocket and holds the ball low and away.
Projection: He’ll probably be a solid backup for the Bears or another team, but I don’t think he’ll ever be fantasy-worthy.