-Stanley demonstrates superior lateral movement and agility for his size without losing any power in his anchor. Players who gameplan vs. Stanley with bull rushes and forklifts will be sorely mistaken, as he doesn't give up an inch against power moves.
A good example of this is vs. Texas this year when he drops a heavy anchor versus the bull rush and refuses to be overpowered or knocked backwards.
-Stanley has very heavy hands and is overall a good technician with his hand placement. It's almost like he has clamps for hands.
-Has the acceleration to get out into the flat in hurry and is very athletic for his size, which probably stems from being a basketball player at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In this play vs. LSU, Stanley sprints out wide in a flash to block for a WR screen.
You can see in the next second how much ground Stanley has covered before the ball even gets to the WR.
Stanley takes the DB out of the play for a big gain.
-Stanley absolutely dominates when he gets his hands on someone in the second level.
In this example against Florida State, it's lights out for the LB as Stanley pushes him back a good 10 yards.
-Good tactician that seems to work well with LG and other members of OLine passing rushers along. Seems to have a great chemistry with his fellow linemen.
-Long arms keeps speed pass rushers neutralized from trying to make swim moves to get outside in as he frequently shepherds them past the pocket. You're simply not beating Stanley around the outside.
-Stanley is a very clean pass protector and when he squares up on rusher its game over. He will never let their hands get inside on him and his footwork is very active.
In fact, he only allowed one pressure total vs. Texas, LSU, Florida State and Stanford, and it was to a speed guy in 2nd rounder Danielle Hunter, who put Stanley on skates.
-Generates good leg drive when run blocking, but is especially talented at turning defenders out with his hips like a waltz to create room for the RB.
In this example vs. Texas, Stanley turns out the defender on an outside stretch run, sealing a running lane for RB.
-Absolutely shut down second round pick Mario Edwards Jr vs. Florida State, and neutralized Danielle Hunter and Henry Anderson, all of whom were high draft picks this past April.
-Never gets called for holding or false start penalties and shows a high football IQ for the position.
-Stanley is a well-spoken kid from a prestigious academic university studying management entreprenuership. Showed a ton of maturity by choosing to return to school to win a national championship rather than cashing out as a redshirt sophomore with a Top 10 grade.
-No injury history of note for Stanley.
-One of the most frustrating things about Stanley is that he doesn't always block through to the whistle. If he doesn't get to his assignment in the first 4 seconds, he's tapping out.
In this play vs. Texas, Stanley doesn't get to his man on time so he gives up well before the play is finished.
-Additionally, I would like to see a little more nasty in his game. While he is such a good technician, I was expecting to see him drive more players onto their backside. He did it from time to time, but not as often as I was expecting.
In this example vs. Florida State, Stanley has a chance to destroy Mario Edwards and doesn't take it.
-Stanley struggles most with high-speed moves, particularly spins and inside swims.
GRADE: 89 OVERALL
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NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TYRON SMITH
40 YARD TIME: TBD
BENCH PRESS: TBD
3 CONE DRILL: TBD
SHORT SHUTTLE: TBD
VERTICAL JUMP: TBD
BROAD JUMP: TBD
BEST TEAM FITS: Buccaneers, Raiders, Jaguars, 49ers, Giants
PROJECTION: TOP 5
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