Miami Dolphins QB David Fales Scouting Report

Author – Bryan Trulen

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings

 

#9​ ​David​ ​Fales​​ ​6’1​ ​1⁄2​ ​215​ ​4th​ ​Year,​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​State Overview

David​ ​Fales​ ​was​ ​signed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​team​ ​in​ ​April​ ​of​ ​2017.​ ​A​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​a​ ​backdrop​ ​on​ ​Mr.​ ​Fales​ ​-​ ​He​ ​was a​ ​sixth​ ​round​ ​pick​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Chicago​ ​Bears​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​who​ ​was​ ​handpicked​ ​by​ ​then​ ​Bears​ ​coach​ ​Marc Trestman​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​team’s​ ​developmental​ ​quarterback.​ ​Trestman​ ​was​ ​then​ ​fired​ ​after​ ​Fales’ rookie​ ​year​ ​and​ ​Adam​ ​Gase​ ​was​ ​then​ ​brought​ ​in​ ​by​ ​the​ ​new​ ​staff​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​offensive​ ​coordinator in​ ​2015.​ ​Fales​ ​has​ ​almost​ ​zero​ ​regular​ ​season​ ​game​ ​experience​ ​on​ ​his​ ​resume​ ​but​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​he was​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​Miami​ ​for​ ​a​ ​reason​ ​as​ ​he​ ​did​ ​spend​ ​2015​ ​with​ ​Gase​ ​in​ ​Chicago.​ ​Out​ ​of​ ​high school,​ ​Fales​ ​originally​ ​signed​ ​with​ ​Nevada,​ ​transferred​ ​to​ ​a​ ​Junior​ ​College​ ​for​ ​a​ ​year​ ​because Colin​ ​Kaepernick​ ​was​ ​the​ ​starter​ ​and​ ​ultimately​ ​found​ ​his​ ​way​ ​to​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​State​ ​where​ ​he started​ ​for​ ​two​ ​years​ ​and​ ​was​ ​considered​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​quarterbacks​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​college​ ​football.

Analysis

Rhythm,​ ​touch​ ​and​ ​eye​ ​manipulation​ ​are​ ​staples​ ​of​ ​Fales​ ​game​ ​as​ ​a​ ​thrower.​ ​From​ ​a​ ​pure physical​ ​perspective​ ​he​ ​is​ ​just​ ​average.​ ​Average​ ​arm,​ ​average​ ​mobility,​ ​average​ ​size​ ​etc.​ ​Fales does​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​way​ ​with​ ​the​ ​football​ ​and​ ​throws​ ​a​ ​very​ ​good​ ​deep​ ​ball.​ ​He​ ​invariably throws​ ​a​ ​catchable​ ​football​ ​away​ ​from​ ​defenders​ ​and​ ​keeps​ ​his​ ​targets​ ​safe​ ​when​ ​he​ ​throws into​ ​tight​ ​windows.​ ​During​ ​extended​ ​Pre-Season​ ​action​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​Fales​ ​made​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​big​ ​time on​ ​the​ ​move​ ​throws​ ​where​ ​he​ ​effortlessly​ ​connected​ ​with​ ​precision​ ​to​ ​his​ ​targets​ ​with​ ​defenders

breathing​ ​down​ ​his​ ​neck.​ ​​ ​He​ ​for​ ​the​ ​most​ ​part​ ​is​ ​mechanically​ ​sound​ ​as​ ​a​ ​passer​ ​and​ ​could​ ​be classified​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​thrower.
As​ ​a​ ​processor​ ​of​ ​information​ ​he​ ​lags​ ​behind​ ​a​ ​bit.​ ​Fales​ ​at​ ​times​ ​has​ ​frozen​ ​up​ ​when​ ​forced​ ​to move​ ​to​ ​secondary​ ​options​ ​post​ ​snap​ ​and​ ​due​ ​to​ ​his​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​ideal​ ​size​ ​has​ ​trouble​ ​manipulating the​ ​pocket​ ​with​ ​regularity.

2017​ ​Projection

Fales​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​have​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​well​ ​this​ ​August​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​beat​ ​out​ ​Brandon​ ​Doughty​ ​for​ ​a spot​ ​on​ ​the​ ​53​ ​man​ ​roster.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​battle​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​as​ ​Doughty​ ​was​ ​also​ ​hand picked​ ​by​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​as​ ​a​ ​late​ ​round​ ​pick​ ​from​ ​a​ ​year​ ​ago.​ ​Fales​ ​has​ ​one​ ​year​ ​of​ ​practice squad​ ​eligibility​ ​left​ ​but​ ​at​ ​this​ ​point​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​toss​ ​up​ ​on​ ​which​ ​one​ ​of​ ​these quarterbacks​ ​the​ ​Dolphins​ ​carry​ ​this​ ​year.

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