Packers coach Mike McCarthy has stated he'd like to have four quarterbacks on the offseason roster and Fales would be a good fit in Day 3 of the draft because of his uncommon accuracy. As a junior, he led the nation with 72.5 percent accuracy. As a senior, he completed "only" 64.1 percent.
"I think accuracy is one of my strengths," Fales told Packer Report at the Scouting Combine. "I'm always trying to improve that, along with my pocket presence and anticipation. Accuracy is huge. ... (It's about) getting your feet right, getting your feet set, having good footwork, consistent footwork and tying it into everything that you're doing with your progressions. It starts with your feet."
After transferring from Nevada, where he was a poor fit for its blossoming pistol and read-option scheme, to Monterey Peninsula College, Fales (6-2, 212) emerged as one of the best passers in college football during his two-year stint at San Jose State.
In 2012, he ranked sixth in the nation in passing (4,193 yards), third in passing efficiency (170.76 rating), seventh in yards passing per game (322.54) and 14th in total offense (311.85 ypg). As a senior, Fales finished fifth with 4,189 passing yards, seventh with an average of 26.0 pass completions per game, ninth with 33 touchdown tosses and fifth with an average of 349.08 yards passing per game.
Fales and Fresno State's Derek Carr — a projected first-round pick — were the only FBS quarterbacks to top 4,000 passing yards in 2012 and 2013.
During the Senior Bowl, Fales completed 6-of-7 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. At his pro day, he completed 52-of-53 passes.
During an Elite 11 high school quarterback camp last summer, he beat fellow instructors Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Tajh Boyd of Clemson in an accuracy contest. And at the Quicken Loans All-Star Challenge after his senior season, Fales beat Boyd and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas in another accuracy contest.
In our "Fourth QB Possibilities" series, Fales' accuracy, footwork and ability to scan the field were noted as strengths.
Each team is allotted 30 pre-draft visits and the Packers take them seriously. Last year, the Packers drafted Nate Palmer, Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson and signed, among others, quarterback Matt Brown, running back Michael Hill, center Patrick Lewis, linebacker Andy Mulumba and guard Lane Taylor. In January, they signed fullback Ina Liaina, who also had a pre-draft visit with the Packers last year.
North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen is working out for the Packers on campus on Tuesday and making a pre-draft visit on Thursday. Jensen is a native of Waupaca, Wis. He went 47-5 for his career with three consecutive FCS championships.
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