49ers, Raiders on hand to evaluate SJSU's Fales

49ers, Raiders on hand to evaluate SJSU's Fales
March 19, 2014, 6:00 pm
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David Fales attended the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran one of the slower 40 times among the quarterbacks with an official clocking of 4.99 seconds. (USATI)

SAN JOSE -- Quarterback David Fales' throwing exhibition Wednesday attracted 32 scouts, coaches and executives from 25 NFL teams to San Jose State’s pro day.

Fales completed 48 of 53 passes with only one pass – a deep post -- completely off the mark. Two passes were dropped and two others were less-than-perfect throws that deflected off receivers’ hands.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst were on hand to watch the workout.

Meanwhile, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh spent the day at Virginia Tech’s pro day, watching quarterback Logan Thomas. Fales and Thomas are both considered mid- to late-round draft picks.

The Raiders could look for a quarterback at any juncture in the May 8-10 draft, while the 49ers figure to use only a late-round pick on a quarterback – if they select one at all. Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are locked in as the 49ers’ top two quarterbacks.

Fales threw the ball well during his workout, which was scripted by quarterbacks coach Terry Shea. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, now an ESPN analyst, observed that Fales is a “clone” of Trent Green, who made 113 starts in 11 seasons in the NFL.

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One knock on Fales is his athleticism. Fales attended the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran one of the slower 40 times among the quarterbacks with an official clocking of 4.99 seconds. Fales chose not to re-run his 40 at Spartan Stadium. In comparison, 291-pound offensive lineman Ryan Jones ran his 40 in an unofficial 4.87 seconds.

Wide receiver Chandler Jones, who was not invited to the Combine, certainly helped himself with a blazing unofficial time of 4.36 seconds. Jones (5 foot 8 ½, 183 pounds) and cornerback Bene' Benwikere (5-11, 189) are expected to be Day 3 draft picks. Benwikere demonstrated good ball skills, but his 40 time of 4.65 seconds was less-than ideal.

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