QB Fales improving, gets Vikings' interest

The Vikings are reportedly scheduled to have a private workout with San Jose State QB David Fales, whose journey to the draft hasn't been easy. Plus, see what Senior Bowl director Phil Savage thinks of Fales.

Blake Bortles got most of the attention for his Central Florida pro day on Wednesday, but David Fales, on the other coast, was the more accurate.

Bortles had a solid throwing session but overthrew a few deep passes. Fales, from San Jose State, was ultra-accurate, reportedly hitting 52 of 53 passes with the incomplete pass going off the hands of his receiver stretching the field on a deep route.

The Vikings are interested and have scheduled a private workout over the weekend, according to the Sacramento Bee. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was in attendance, as well as Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. So were 35 scouts from 25 NFL teams.

"David Fales, a little more of a West Coast-style system. His game is based on rhythm and getting the ball out of his hand," said Phil Savage, former NFL general manager and now director of the Senior Bowl all-star game, where Fales was practicing for a week in January. "I think he makes good decisions. His arm strength is OK, his mobility is OK, his size is OK, but he's got some quarterback mentality and temperament to him that would lead you to think that he could stick on a team and see where it goes over the next couple of years."

Fales' path to draft consideration hasn't been easy.

He started out at Nevada-Reno, where some quarterback named Colin Kaepernick was making big strides and local product Cody Figardo was tabbed to take over. Seeing where that situation was going, Fales returned to his native California and spent two years playing for Monterey Peninsula College. When he went to San Jose State, he started every game and joined potential first-round pick Derek Carr (Fresno State) as the only two NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players to pass for over 4,000 yards during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

In 2012, Fales' first season there, the Spartans averaged 332 passing yards per game – which ranked sixth nationally and was 55 yards more per game than the previous year at San Jose State. He led the Spartans to an 11-2 record (their most wins since 1939) and the 10th bowl game in the school's history.

In two seasons at San Jose State, Fales completed 639 of 938 passes (68.1 percent) for 8,382 yards, 66 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

At the Senior Bowl, Fales completed 6 of 7 passes for 104 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Fales, now 6-foot-1½ and 212 pounds, has made big strides since playing at Palma Salinas (Calif.) High School, where it took a concussion to the starter to get Fales' career path started. In his first game as a junior, he was a 35-3 winner. As a senior, he threw for 2,190 yards and 21 touchdowns but only received a two-star rating from Scout.com, which ranked him as the 115th-best quarterback prospect.

These days, Fales is considered a mid- to late-round draft choice and will have a chance to show off his improved arm strength to the Vikings this weekend.

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