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March 19, 2014
Epic Fales: San Jose State QB performs for NFL scouts


SAN JOSE -- One of David Fales' deep passes got away from him today. His other 52, however, were on target, bolstering the assessment that Fales is one of the more accurate quarterbacks in the draft and is a worthy mid-round addition for teams who skip a passer early on. Fales had a completion percentage of 72.5 in 2012 and 64.1 last season.

Representatives from more than 20 teams watched the San Jose State quarterback and the other Spartan prospects, including Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst. The 49ers had three other scouts in attendance.

Also watching were a couple of ex-49ers quarterbacks, Alex Smith, who trains at San Jose State, and Trent Dilfer, an analyst with ESPN. Dilfer tweeted that he thought Fales resembled former Redskins, Rams and Chief quarterback Trent Green, who spent 15 years in the league.

Smith's wife's family lives in the area, and he spends parts of his offseasons here despite playing for the Chiefs. He and Fales trained together last offseason and the two will work with San Jose State strength and conditioning coach Gary Uribe over the next two months. "So I'm going to be really looking forward to that," Fales said. "You get to train with someone whose been around the league for a while and knows it - it's awesome. He's a great guy, too."

Fales said he has a private workout scheduled with the Vikings this weekend and expects to have more in the coming weeks. Fales threw 33 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons and finished with 4,189 yards last season. His most impressive game may have come in the season finale against Fresno State when he out-dueled Derek Carr in throwing six touchdowns and 547 yards in a 62-52 win.

The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert last week and now have three quarterbacks on the roster - Colin Kaepernick, Gabbert and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. They could add another in the draft, and indeed their top quarterback scout, Jim Harbaugh, was in Blacksburg, Va today presumably to watch Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas. Harbaugh also was on hand for Eastern Illinois' passer Jimmy Garoppolo's pro day.

Two other draft-worthy Spartans include receiver Noel Grigsby, who seemed to have recovered from a meniscus injury he suffered in 2013, and cornerback Bene Benwikere, who had 12 interceptions over the last two seasons.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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