Player Analysis: David Fales, QB, San Jose State

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: David Fales

School: San Jose State

Height:6’2”

Weight: 212

40-Yard Dash: 4.99

In a nutshell: Fales is a very average athlete with limited mobility out of the pocket and scattershot accuracy. While possessing many desirable intangibles—leadership, confidence, competitiveness—his actual game is very raw. Just a two-year starter, Fales is still learning to read defences, look off corners and overcome pressure. A project.

Senior Bowl: Fales did not have a great week of practices, and was reportedly sick on Monday and Tuesday. If that’s the case, it might explain the many floating and sailing passes we saw during those outings. He capped off a shaky week with an outstanding game though, completing 6-of-7 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown

Player Analysis: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Tajh Boyd

School: Clemson

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 222

40-Yard Dash: 4.84

In a nutshell: When Boyd is in a rhythm, he can throw sharp passes, especially on shorter routes, but gets shaky under heavy pressure. Boyd is elusive out of the pocket but prone to ditch it too early. Does not see the whole field and sometimes struggles to read defenses. Durability is a concern.

 

Senior Bowl: Boyd struggled in practices, and even among a shaky group of quarterbacks, his accuracy and overall play was unremarkable. You could tell he was not yet comfortable under center as well, and will take time to adapt to a pro-style offense. Boyd completed 7 of 16 passes for 31 yards and one interception in the game.

Player Analysis: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Logan Thomas

School: Virginia Tech

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 248

40-Yard Dash: 4.61

In a nutshell: Athletically, Thomas is an incredible prospect. His size, build and speed excite coaches, scouts and media across the NFL. Unfortunately, that’s most of what he has going for him. His ball placement is all over the place, his touch is almost non-existent and he doesn’t see enough of the field. Thomas has the raw pieces but is a real project.

Senior Bowl: Much like his career, Thomas’ Senior Bowl experience was a lot of buildup for naught. Despite looking impressive at the weigh-in, Thomas was inconsistent and streaky in practice, showing poor footwork and telegraphing his throws. Thomas also completed 4-of-5 passes in the game for a whopping 17 yards and finished with a -39 yards rushing.

Player Analysis: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Brett Smith

School: Wyoming

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 206

40-Yard Dash: N/A

In a nutshell: An incredibly underrated prospect, Smith didn’t even get a combine invite. He’s a quick, mobile quarterback who does a great job making his reads and adjusting based on coverage, but can be a bit too confident at times. He’s prone to try and fit the ball in tight coverage he should avoid.

Vs Hawaii: In what was easily Smith’s best game of the year—and his career—the Wyoming quarterback destroyed the Hawaii defense to the tune of 498 yards and seven touchdowns, adding in a 51-yard touchdown run which showed off his mobility. His eight touchdowns were the most by a single player in Mountain West history.

Player Analysis: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

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Name: A.J. McCarron

School: Alabama

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 220

40-Yard Dash: 4.94

In a nutshell: McCarron is comfortable in a pro-style offense, both under center and in a shotgun formation. He has solid accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws, though McCarron has a tendency to be off target on longer throws, forcing receivers to adjust too much. Does not have a huge arm, and benefitted from having an excellent offense around him.

 

Sugar Bowl: McCarron posted some great yardage and touchdown totals, but turned the ball over three times—two interceptions and one fumble which was returned for a touchdown. Both interceptions set up scores by Oklahoma as well. McCarron threw some really nice passes overall but made far too many mistakes.

Player Analysis: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Name: Aaron Murray

School: Georgia

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 207

40-Yard Dash: N/A due to injury

In a nutshell: Murray tore his ACL during the 2013 season and is still rehabbing. Incredibly productive against top-shelf SEC competition, Murray is a four-year starter in a pro-style offense. Height and build are concerns, as is durability. Height and low release point contribute to batted balls, as does his average arm. Murray does get rattled under pressure and has fallen apart in big games.

Vs. #7 Auburn: While not flawless, Murray played some incredible football against Auburn in a huge game. After scoring on a scramble to take the lead, Georgia fell behind and Murray had to bring the offense to the Auburn 20 in under 25 seconds. His final pass fell incomplete, but otherwise Murray came through when they needed him.

Player Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Name: Jimmy Garoppolo

Class: Senior
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 226 lbs.
School: Eastern Illinois

 

Strengths: Garoppolo has a very quick setup and release, with a smooth motion and compact delivery. He can read the field, make a quick decision and get the ball out all in rapid succession. Garappolo sees the field well, scanning the defense and making his progressions in an efficient and fast manner without rushing it when he has time.  Does a good job getting rid of the ball and not taking foolish sacks. Garoppolo is very clearly willing to take a hit to deliver a pass. Garoppolo started for four years without any injury or durability concerns. While he showed touch on passes during games, in Mobile for the Senior Bowl he seemed unable (or unwilling?) to show anything resembling a touch. It may be that he was trying to prove the knock that he lacks good velocity on his ball is untrue, but it was something which surprised me. Garoppolo seems to have a short memory in games—if he makes a mistake, he doesn’t appear to dwell on it.

Weakness: As mentioned above, the touch I saw on game film wasn’t there in practices at Mobile. While I may think the issue was trying to prove that he had velocity (something he lacks a bit of on film), it’s a concern.  Some of his velocity issues stem from a low release point and a somewhat awkward sidearm motion. While he is confident in his arm, he can be too confident, attempting to fit throws into windows which are too small. Definitely shows some cracks under heavy defensive pressure, where he will speed up his motion or make poor decisions. It’s very obvious on film—when he has a clean pocket he is very smooth and efficient, making impeccable choices, while under pressure all that can at times fade. His pocket awareness needs to improve, as does his footwork both setting to throw and during his throwing motion. He definitely feels pressure when it isn’t there and doesn’t trust his line when he needs to. While at Mobile, during footwork drills his foot frequency was a bit slow compared to Derek Carr (who he was grouped with).  Garoppolo worked mostly in a shotgun, so he will need to work on being under center, though he progressed well with it in Mobile.

Intangibles: By all accounts, Garoppolo is a very smart, very dedicated player with a high football IQ. Talking to him at the Senior Bowl, I found him very smart and personable and observing him at practice you could tell he worked well with both coaches and other players.  He was vocal when he needed to be, light when he wasn’t working and laser focused when he was.

Notes: Garoppolo is one of those prospects who pops up each year—a momentum builder nobody has on their radar in December, but has heavy buzz by March. With back-to-back great practice weeks at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, Garoppolo has made a lot of people go back and look at his tape. One of the biggest questions is whether he will be able to handle the higher level of competition in the NFL that he didn’t see weekly in the Ohio Valley Conference.  He doesn’t have elite physical skills or attributes but makes the most of his tools with sharp decision making and timing. Of course, that makes concerns about how he reacts under heavy pressure even more focused because he lacks the elite tools to fall back on that an Andrew Luck or Tom Brady has.  In the end, I believe this is a player who can adjust to the level of play and overcome his limitations, improving his reactions to pressure through good coaching and a solid supporting cast. As such, as much as I like him, I’d say a second round or late first round pick is as high as he should go and a team would be well served by being patient (if not sitting him) if they lack a good supporting cast. A team like the Houston Texans might be able to plug him in more quickly than a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars who lack playmakers in the offense.