Nov 2, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales looks to throw the ball after being chased out of the pocket during an NCAA football game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Spielman, Norv Turner and the rest of the brain trust are grinding away at this quarterback thing, accumulating data on players and trying to identify the one they want to draft.
We know all about Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, and surely those guys are in the mix, but what about the lesser-known names?
The Vikings are looking at plenty of the second- and third-tier QBs as well. David Fales is one of these lesser prospects, and he reportedly will have a work out this weekend for the Vikes.
After just two years playing big-time college ball as a quarterback, Fales comes into the draft as a big-time question mark.
Arm strength is the major concern with Fales. Scouts question his ability to drive deep throws, and there are some who believe he only fits in the pros as a West Coast-type QB.
Scouts also have expressed concerns about Fales’ footwork and occasional tendency to not take care of the ball.
The positives on Fales? He shows a lot of accuracy on short throws, is solid in ball placement and seems to have good pocket awareness. He is also seen as a hard worker.
All-in-all, the scouting reports on Fales scream “mid-to-late-round pick.” After his solid pro day session, the Vikings will get their own private look at the San Jose State prospect.
He doesn’t exactly leap out at you as a Norv Turner fit, but we’ll let Norv decide that.