Nathan Stanley, who goes by Nate now, is a three-year starter coming from Iowa. Because he plays in the heart of the country for a non-traditional power, he gets overlooked a bit. Stanley still has the talent to be a starter in this league and could be a good one in the right situation.
Stanley isn’t someone who put up gaudy video game-like numbers. In his senior year, he threw for a modest 2,951 yards and 16 touchdowns. The year before that, his touchdown numbers were higher, as he threw 26 touchdowns to 16 interceptions.
The reason for that drop in touchdown numbers from his junior to his senior year is simple; he lost valuable weapons. Both tight ends, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, got drafted in the first round. Without those weapons, Stanley wasn’t as effective in the red zone.
The biggest knock on Stanley is his accuracy. He only completed 58.3% of his passes at Iowa. Because of that, his stock isn’t super high. Most mocks have him going somewhere in the third to early fourth round. That could be an attractive round to draft him for the Colts.
Bringing Stanley in that late would be a great value pick. They could let him learn behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett for a year or two and develop him into what kind of quarterback they want. His ceiling isn’t super high, but he’s not a bad fit.
The next prospect on the list is someone who could be catching balls from Stanley down the line if chosen.