6. David Fales, QB, San Jose State
The Bears traded known busted first round pick Gabe Carimi to the Buccaneers and wound up with David Fales. Everybody thought Marc Trestman knew something about Fales, and that he would stick. However, when Trestman was fired, Fales was gone soon after. He spent some time with Baltimore, and in the quarterback flux of last season bounced back to the Bears. Of course, the Bears moved on and now Fales is battling for a job with the Dolphins this summer.
6. Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami
The players still on the team from this draft include Leno, Carey, Fuller, and O’Donnell. The craziest part is that Leno and O’Donnell, the sixth and seventh round picks are the most likely to be on the roster at this point next season as well. O’Donnell has made the team and been their starting punter all three years. He has been a welcome addition and should punt for the foreseeable future. Still, when the punter is arguably the win of the draft, it was not a strong draft.
Kyle Fuller can swing the grade on this draft in just one year. However, declining his fifth round option is not a sign of optimism from management. If he does not pan out, all that is left after four seasons is a punter, a below average right tackle and potentially a fourth-string running back. Sure, the coaching changes did not help keep this draft. It also happened to be the last draft ran by Phil Emery. However, this is right on the edge of being a complete failure, and if they do miss on Fuller it will easily be an F draft.