Arm Strength: 8
Stanley has excellent arm strength and the ability to deliver the ball with some zip. However, he often relies on his arm strength at the expense of his mechanics.
Short Accuracy: 5.9
Stanley often fails to recognize open receivers at the short range of the field because of his inability to read beyond his first option. Due to his reluctance, Stanley often ends up throwing an inaccurate pass at the short level once defenders are close to his receiver.
Intermediate Accuracy: 7.3
This area of the field is where Stanley excels the most, especially along the sideline. Stanley is usually able to find holes in zone coverage or the open receiver against man coverage.
Long Accuracy: 0.9
Stanley lacks the accuracy or touch necessary to be a good deep-ball thrower. Stanley needs to work on his ball placement because he often overthrows his passes, even when his receiver is wide open.
Tight Window Accuracy: 5.5
He has a good ability to complete passes against moderately good coverage due to his arm talent but struggles when the defender is draped over a receiver.
Pocket Presence: 4.8
Nate needs to do a better job of recognizing and feeling defensive pressure. He often holds onto the ball for long periods of time because he over relies on his legs to bail him out. Plus, he could benefit from throwing the ball out quickly if nobody is open and desperately needs to work on stepping up in the pocket more.
Stanley can throw on the run well when he has to, but he struggles to extend plays on a repeated basis due to his lack of speed and athleticism. He’s not Brady level slow, but he won’t be a dual-threat QB at the next level.
Stanley struggles to see the entire field because of his inability to read beyond his first look. As a result, he tends to force passes towards his first read.
Stanley usually showcases solid mechanics, but they deteriorate when he throws deep or deals with pressure.
Stanley only had a thumb injury during his collegiate career.
Overall, Stanley is a great, even-keeled leader, but his quiet nature might be seen as weak by players with flashy personalities.
Game Management: 6
Stanley is usually a reliable game manager who can move the chains and target the intermediate level very well. However, he sometimes has mental lapses when dealing with pressure that can disrupt drives.
Decision Making: 4.3
Stanley usually does a good job of keeping the ball out of harm’s way, but he sometimes struggles to identify defenders in his passing lane. He also struggles at making the right decision when two receivers are open.
Stanley has close to prototypical height and weight.
Stanley struggles to gain yards on the ground, extend plays with his legs, and outrun defenders.
Play Making Ability: 2.3
Despite having a big arm and modest arm talent, Stanley’s conservative playing style prevents him from making big plays. Plus, his lack of mobility will prevent him from being a big-play type of player.
Throughout his time at Iowa, Stanley had above-average production from a statistical perspective but never was a stat stuffer in the passing or rushing game.
He has great poise and leadership but isn’t an overly competitive player who has the juice necessary to uplift his team.
No red flags
Throughout drives, Stanley’s accuracy and decision making are inconsistent.
Stanley is known for being a great leader who has the poise necessary to be even-keeled throughout games. One of the attributes that NFL scouts will love about Stanley is his size. Standing at 6’4”, 243 lbs. Stanley can stand tall in the pocket and deliver great passes at the intermediate level. In fact, the intermediate level is where Stanley excels the most, especially outside the numbers. Stanley’s arm strength is most evident at this range because he showcases great zip that can beat moderately good coverage.
While Stanley doesn’t have a high ceiling, this is because he was never put in a quality system for him to succeed. When Stanley played at Iowa, he played in a run-first scheme, which prevented him from taking advantage of his arm strength. At the next level, Stanley should play in a vertical offense that takes advantage of intermediate passes. He desperately needs to work on his deep passing, but if he were placed in a vertical-spread offense, Stanley would most likely see improvement in production rather quickly.
Despite having tremendous arm strength, Stanley struggles profusely at attacking the deep level of the field. He will need to improve his ball placement because Stanley fails to capitalize on opportunities deep down the field, even when the receiver is wide open. Consequently, Stanely struggles to create big plays with his arm and definitely fails to create a big play with his legs.
Speaking of his legs, Stanley struggles to be a successful dual-threat QB because of his lack of speed and athleticism. Even though Stanley had slight success on some designed run plays, he will need to win games in the pocket at the next level. This will be difficult for Stanley because he fails to recognize or feel pressure from defenders. As a result, Stanley often holds onto the ball too long and then becomes unable to evade pressure with his legs.
When Stanley is dealing with pressure, his mechanics and decision making quickly deteriorate. When a defender is pressuring Stanley, his leg mechanics often become shoddy. Plus, he struggles to notice defensive backs in his passing lanes when he is dealing with chaos in the pocket. This is quite puzzling because Stanley is known for his great poise.
Consistency is also an issue for Stanley because he struggles with going through his progressions. Similar to QBs like Justin Herbert, Stanley has a lot of difficulty moving off his first read, even if another receiver if open. This is why Stanley’s scheme often included one read plays with quick slants so that Stanley can get rid of the ball quickly.
Stanley is one of the most accomplished QBs in Iowa’s history. Throughout his career with the Hawkeyes, Stanley threw for over 8,000 yards, 68 TDs, and garnered a passer rating over 130. While these are quality numbers for the average college QB, they are unlikely to make him a highly coveted draft prospect by most NFL teams. Resultantly, he is projected to be a Day 3 draft pick, at best, who will most likely need to succeed in a specific scheme to limit his mental lapses.
Stanley’s ceiling is most closely related to Jacoby Brissett because of his limited mobility and conservative playing style. Similar to Brissett, Stanley is unlikely to be a dual-threat QB who can gain significant yardage on the ground or extend plays with his legs. However, both Brissett and Stanley are quality game managers who can carry a team for a few games if put in the right system. Plus, Brissett and Stanley each have strong arms that can have been underutilized by their offensive coordinators. Neither Nate Stanley nor Brissett will ever be loud, boisterous leaders who command a locker room, but their even-keeled personality will give them a lot of friends in the locker room.