The Bears typically go to training camp with four quarterbacks. In the sixth round of the draft on Saturday, they secured No. 4, selecting David Fales from San Jose State with the seventh pick of the sixth round, 183rd overall.
It marks the first time in three Phil Emery drafts that the Bears have picked a quarterback, the last two coming in the final years of the Jerry Angelo regime: Dan LeFevour in the sixth round, 2010, and Nathan Enderle in the fifth, 2011. Neither ever played a down for the Bears.
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Fales comes in behind Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson, the last signed to a futures contract after spending a portion of last season on the practice squad. Emery was not in favor of drafting a quarterback unless that player was capable of challenging for the No. 2 or No. 3 job, which Fales clearly projects to do.
After two years as the starter at Monterey Peninsula College, Fales transferred to San Jose State in 2012 and started all 25 games over the last two seasons. He threw for 33 touchdowns each of those years and completed 66 percent of his passes on average, with more than 4,100 yards both years.