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7 Jul 2020

Home of the NFL Offseason

#4
HT: 6’3-3/4″
WT: 235 lbs
Hands: 10″
Arms: 32-5/8″
Wing: 78-1/4″
DOB: 8/26/1997
Year: Senior
High School: Menomonie (Menomonie, IA)
Accolades: 2017-19 Team Captain. 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. 2017 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

Scouting Report: QB Nathan Stanley, Iowa

Arm Talent: Nathan Stanley lacks a lot of the pure arm talent that the NFL really likes to see. His arm isn’t particularly strong. However, his touch ability is there. Stanley is able to throw from multiple platforms. 13/20. 

Accuracy/Placement: Accuracy is all over the place for Stanley. When he’s on, he’s very good. When he’s not on, he’s not good at all. He has a bad habit of placing the ball a little too high for his receivers to reach. Watching the 2018 tape, you realize how much he benefited from having TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant in his receiving corps. 13/25.

Pocket Presence/Footwork: Footwork is very clean from Stanley. He’s consistent in his dropback and normally gets into his stance without much of an issue. Pocket presence is almost non-existent. He doesn’t have much pocket awareness either. Crumbles at the first sign of pressure. I didn’t really see him stand in the pocket and fight through pressure. 10/20. 

Mobility/Play Creation: Stanley’s mobility is very limited. He is able to move when he is designed to move out of the pocket, and sometimes he does find space and moves out. However, those instances are few and far between. Stanley is a little too sluggish to be much of a worry to a lot of defenses outside of the pocket. 5/20. 

Mental Aspects

Football IQ/Field Vision: I think that Nathan Stanley’s field vision is very average. It’s clear that he can see the field pretty well for the most part, and will generally read a play correctly. However, sometimes he forces things, and he doesn’t have the release speed to hit windows when he sees them. Football IQ is average as well, as I didn’t see him correcting plays from the line of scrimmage or anything of that sort. 7/15.

Leadership/Personality: Nate Stanley is a normal guy who has worked tirelessly to perfect aspects of his position. He’s a hard worker and a good leader, and I am certain an NFL team will like the tools that he has to work with. 5/5. 

Overall: This is one of the more frustrating evaluations that I can remember doing. Nathan Stanley has a lot of talent and has obviously spent much time honing on his craft. However, he has serious issues within his mental game and is limited athletically. Because of this, one has to wonder what his upside actually is. I think that the NFL will view him a lot as they did with Clayton Thorson last season. He’s a mid-to-late day-three selection, with upside to potentially be a long term backup in the league.  

Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (3)

Overall Grade: 58

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