First Clip is Myself from 2009 at the Division 2 level, the 2nd clip is Rodgers/Barr from this weekends game
Please, Somebody….. Sign this man
#9 David Fales 6’1 1⁄2 215 4th Year, San Jose State Overview
David Fales was signed by the team in April of 2017. A bit of a backdrop on Mr. Fales - He was a sixth round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2014 who was handpicked by then Bears coach Marc Trestman to be the team’s developmental quarterback. Trestman was then fired after Fales’ rookie year and Adam Gase was then brought in by the new staff to be the offensive coordinator in 2015. Fales has almost zero regular season game experience on his resume but it seems he was brought to Miami for a reason as he did spend 2015 with Gase in Chicago. Out of high school, Fales originally signed with Nevada, transferred to a Junior College for a year because Colin Kaepernick was the starter and ultimately found his way to San Jose State where he started for two years and was considered one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football.
Rhythm, touch and eye manipulation are staples of Fales game as a thrower. From a pure physical perspective he is just average. Average arm, average mobility, average size etc. Fales does seem to have a way with the football and throws a very good deep ball. He invariably throws a catchable football away from defenders and keeps his targets safe when he throws into tight windows. During extended Pre-Season action in 2014 Fales made a couple of big time on the move throws where he effortlessly connected with precision to his targets with defenders
breathing down his neck. He for the most part is mechanically sound as a passer and could be classified a natural thrower.
As a processor of information he lags behind a bit. Fales at times has frozen up when forced to move to secondary options post snap and due to his lack of ideal size has trouble manipulating the pocket with regularity.
Fales is going to have to perform well this August in order to beat out Brandon Doughty for a spot on the 53 man roster. This is going to be a battle to watch as Doughty was also hand picked by the organization as a late round pick from a year ago. Fales has one year of practice squad eligibility left but at this point it should be considered a toss up on which one of these quarterbacks the Dolphins carry this year.
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With the unthinkable taking place yesterday in Minneapolis, The Packers now must turn to their 2nd year guy from UCLA. If the Depression we are feeling at QB Film Room seems bad I can only imagine how bad things are up in Green Bay…
#7 Brett Hundley 6’3” 227 3rd Year, UCLA Overview/Analysis
Brett Hundley is entering his 3rd year in Green Bay and has put together some solid preseason tape. Hundley hails from UCLA and we believe he is one of the best Bruin quarterbacks of all time. During his time in Westwood, Hundley threw for nearly 10,000 yards with 75 touchdowns to 25 interceptions. He was a legitimate dual threat guy at UCLA as he rushed for over 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a Bruin. Hundley boasts a very strong arm and has the ability to make tight window throws down the field. He has had somewhat of a mechanical overhaul during his first two years as a Packer under Mike McCarthy and has made subtle tweaks to his mechanics. As a thrower, Hundley has a quick release although he does have a tendency to shot put the ball at times still resulting in a less than clean looking throwing motion.
The backup job is Hundley’s in 2017 and the team will look to continue to foster his development as a player.
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#4 Deshaun Watson, 6’2” 215 Clemson
Based on overall production in college and how he relished the big stage it is pretty obvious that Deshaun Watson deserves an opportunity to show that he can be a starting quarterback at the next level. Watson passed for just under 9,000 yards in 2015 and 2016 while amassing 1,300 yards on the ground during the last two seasons. While statistics alone can be misleading, Watson showed just enough pro level traits through the air that will garner him an opportunity to be selected at some point in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft. That being said, there are definite holes in his game as a thrower. Despite his production and poise on the big stage, he is not viewed in the same light as prospects such as Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford or Andrew Luck in terms of being a high end can’t miss prospect coming out of college. Some of this has to do with the system Watson was indoctrinated into at Clemson as well as his natural propensity to escape the pocket and fall back on his natural running instincts when faced with pressure. We view Watson as a more talented version of Alex Smith coming out of college.
Watson was a three year starter at Clemson passing for 90 touchdowns and rushing for 26 touchdowns during his time there.
Analysis/Scouting Notes on Watson
Steps up big during most critical moments which speaks to his ability to remain poised under duress. Watson may very well be the best or one of the best deep ball throwers in this draft class (both fade and back shoulder fade throws) as Watson perfected throwing this type of route utilizing anticipation, quick feet and touch from the shotgun formation. Watson continually made his money with critical moment back shoulder throws throughout his career as well.
Watson however is more of an aim thrower as opposed to being a “let it loose” type of thrower. Not as consistently natural of an intuitive passer as a Trubisky or Kelly.
Not extremely intuitive or flexible with release.
At times throws as if he is not fully aware of defenders around him, which can be both good and bad.Will drop his arm slot to ¾ delivery which impacts ball trajectory and leads to batted balls at LOS. More of an athlete playing the QB position it seems at times. Needs to improve the fluidity of his drops. Very athletic and quick twitched yet his film indicates a guy who although quick in setting up does not look smooth and fluid dropping back from shotgun or under center. Had a static and almost heavy sense at times to his drop backs.
A tremendous leader on and off the field. Rare ability to put a team on his shoulders and lead them to victory. Has an overall knack for making plays out of the designed structure of a play. Extremely athletic.
An upper body thrower that almost seems robotic at times but still fluid for the most part.
Tremendous back shoulder fade thrower of the football
Film Notes – Wake Forest (2015) Florida State (2016) North Carolina (2014) Alabama (2016) South Carolina (2016)
Consistently beat the Wake Forest defense with the ball to all levels of the defense throwing with velocity, placement and touch on out breaking and deep routes from the pocket. Watson showed the ability to deliver with a consistently quick release. Flashed elite sense of timing and anticipation during this contest, something that he showed in spades during his up and down 2016 season.
Shows improvisational skills to maneuver and evade pressure at a high level. Possesses ELITE pocket escapability instincts and plays with good poise. Shows the ability to get north/south fast when running the football. Does not possess a great feel for throwing shallow crossing routes. Does not protect himself as well as he probably should, which at the next level could mean missed time due to injury. Down the field accuracy can be scattershot at time. Shows the ability to throw with excellent touch making some pinpoint bucket throws down the middle versus Tampa 2 and throwing the corner route with perfect timing and placement.
When he knows what he is getting pre-snap he can beat you with touch and down the field velocity on time, much like he did in 2014 versus North Carolina.
Pro Day Update 3/17/2017
Watson showed some noticeable improvements during his pro day. He has been working with Jordan Palmer on his game and it shows. Watson’s feet looked in-sync and quick while performing multiple under center style drop backs during his pro day and his throwing motion looked sharper with the ball came out crisp and cleaner than what his 2016 film showed. In our opinion he won his Pro Day. The work is done for him and he will be playing a waiting game until draft day.
Projection- Deshaun Watson is among the top five quarterback prospects in this class. His combination of athleticism, poise and just enough arm talent will garner him an opportunity to prove he can be a franchise quarterback in the league. The jump to the pro game will be an adjustment for Deshaun coming from a pure spread system at Clemson and sitting in year one may be his best bet in order to give him the best chance at achieving long term sustainability as a starting quarterback at the next level. Look for Watson to be selected anywhere from late Round 1 to Round 3 at the latest.
Trait Grades (Watson)
Arm Talent (B) Toughness (A-) Anticipation (A-)
Arm Strength (B-) Pocket Presence (B-) Football IQ (A-)
Ball Placement/Accuracy (B-) Intangibles/Off-Field (A) Touch (B)
Delivery/Mechanics (B+) Running Ability/Athleticism (A) Throw on Run (B)
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