There were 35 scouts representing 25 NFL teams at San Jose State's pro day on Wednesday afternoon. Quarterback David Fales threw the ball to showcase his talent to everyone else. In total, there were 52 of 53 attempts on target and three of them resulted in drops.
San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst was on hand to represent the team on hand. There were three other scouts in attendance to watch 14 players in total.
Several San Jose State alumni were also present including Oakland Raiders WR James Jones, Denver Broncos S Duke Ihenacho and San Diego Chargers TE Ryan Otten. Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was also present as well as former 49ers and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith still trains locally in the Bay Area and helped organize an unofficial camp during the 2011 lockout season. Fales said he enjoyed training with him during the 2013 offseason and he plans to do it again this year. He is also scheduled to work out with the Minnesota Vikings this coming weekend.
Fales was given a script to make 53 throwing attempts in front of scouts with different routes. He had an impressive release throughout the session, but the deeper passes will be something that Fales needs to work on. In particular, he excelled at the short and medium throws.
"[My goal was] to make all the throws and make sure I had zip on them," Fales said after his pro day. "From my comebacks, my deep ball, my consistent quick footwork, being able to drop back and reset, and stick to all the basic stuff. Everyone is going to be a critic to analyze something. I know what I need to work on from strengths and weaknesses. I’ll always be working on everything."
The San Jose State quarterback is projected to be a mid-round draft pick who could be taken as early as the late third-round. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but he has proven to be accurate.
It would not be surprising if the 49ers added another quarterback to their roster from the 2014 NFL Draft. The 49ers traded a sixth-round draft pick for Blaine Gabbert earlier this month and also have practice squad QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the roster.
Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh was seen at Virginia Tech's pro day to most likely be watching 6-6 QB Logan Thomas.
-One particular standout today was WR Chandler Jones, who had a blazing unofficial 4.33 40-yard dash. He could be a late round draft pick or undrafted free agent for any team who wants some extra speed in training camp.
-Another player who could be drafted is CB Bene Benwikere, who had 12 interceptions in two seasons as a starting CB for SJSU.