Chicago Bears – 2014 Draft Recap
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Round 6 – QB David Fales, San Jose St (6’2, 212): Grade B
The Bears needed a back-up QB to compete with Jordan Palmer and that is exactly what they got when they drafted David Fales. He’s probably not the QB of the future and I don’t see there ever being a Cutler or Fales controversy, but Fales has the smarts, accuracy, and intangibles to develop into an above average NFL back-up. The type of guy that can come on in relief after an injury and keep his team in the game. Fales should develop into a guy that can play good, limited-mistake football and can win some games if he has good talent around him.
Fales dropped to the sixth round because he does have some flaws. His arm strength is just average and he doesn’t move very well though he’s not a statue in the pocket. Fales has good pocket awareness and knows when to tuck the ball and run, he’s just not very fast. None of Fales physical traits stand out, but he is a very accurate passer and was one of the best QBs in this draft class at throwing receivers open. Bridgewater and Murray were the only two I thought did it better on tape.
Phil Emery said last week that he didn’t think it made sense to try and find a starting QB after the 3rd round, but he didn’t say anything about finding a good back-up QB in the late rounds and that is exactly what Emery did.