2015 NFL DRAFT
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Montavious Stanley

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 313 | College: Louisville
 
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Overview

Stanley is a big, strong athlete who found a home at defensive tackle after moving from defensive end late in his sophomore year. His long arms and ability to clog up space allowed other defenders to be free to make the tackle while Stanley occupied multiple blockers. While he shows good ability to play the two-gap alignment as a defensive tackle, his versatility will also help a pro team that is looking for a sturdy run containment defensive end for a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Stanley lettered four times in football at Westover High School. He earned All-State accolades as a defensive tackle during his junior and senior campaigns and was a five-time Albany Herald Player of the Week selection over his final two seasons. The three-time All-Region choice was selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game. Stanley helped lead his team to a 13-2 mark and the state title as a junior and an 11-2 mark and a berth in the state semifinals as a senior. He logged 12 sacks as a sophomore, 17 as a junior and 15 as a senior.

Stanley also earned All-Region honors three times in basketball. He helped Westover to the state title on the hardwood as a senior when he averaged 10 points and 10 boards per game. He was a two-year competitor in track, and finished third in the region in shot put and discus as a senior.

He redshirted in 2001 at Louisville and spent the 2002 campaign as a reserve defensive end. Stanley totaled sixteen tackles (10 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses and returned a fumble recovery 56 yards. He took over left end duties for the first twelve games of the 2003 season before moving to left tackle for the GMAC Bowl. Stanley finished with 37 tackles (21 solos), three sacks, thirteen stops for losses and two fumble recoveries that year.

Stanley started ten of twelve games at right defensive tackle as a junior. He developed into a physical presence in the middle, collecting 30 tackles (19 solos) with four sacks and two pass break-ups. He caused two fumbles, recovered two others and also scored on one of those fumble recoveries vs. Tulane.

The 2005 season earned Stanley All-Big East Conference honors. The right tackle ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 48 tackles (27 solos) and set career-highs with 5.5 sacks and ten stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered three fumbles, caused another and deflected a pass. A torn muscle in his chest required mid-December surgery, forcing him to miss the Gator Bowl.

In 47 games, Stanley started 34 times, lining up at left end in twelve games, one at left tackle and 21 at right tackle. He finished his career with 131 tackles (77 solos) and had 12.5 sacks for minus-71 yards and 30 stops for losses of 112 yards. He proved his awareness and playmaking skills by recovering eight fumbles and causing three others. He also had three pass deflections.

Analysis

Positives: Looks the part of a space eater -- barrel chest, thick arms and legs, broad shoulders, long arms, developed calves and a big bubble … Has experience playing the nose, three-technique and two-gap … Has good timed speed … Has adequate initial quickness, using his frame well to push the pocket … Developed much better hand usage as a senior, utilizing his upper body strength to stack and control … Still a work in progress, but his improved stamina helped him stretch plays out and work down the line better than in the past … Now has the strength needed to create a pile and push the guards back into the pocket (did not use his hands effectively in the past to jolt blockers) … Has improved his anchor by staying more square and keeping his pads down … Has learned how to get some up field penetration off the snap, using his arms well to keep blockers off his body when shooting the gaps with good urgency … Learned to use his straight-line speed with better effectiveness to pressure the pocket and flush the quarterback out … Has also showed increased improvement as a tackler, staying square with his head up and using his hands to wrap and secure (would get high in his stance and try to lunge at ballcarriers in the past) … Has the lateral agility and short area burst to string plays out.

Negatives: Still needs to develop better field awareness, as he is slow to locate the ball and is not always conscious of blocking schemes … Uses his hands with more efficiency to get a push off the blocker, but when he tires, he will revert to leaning into the opponent, narrowing his base and losing leverage … Despite his timed speed, he is better as an inside bull rusher than when trying to pass rush off the edge (gets too far outside) … Lacks quick twitch moves and will get lethargic and play in spurts late in the game … Low test score (8/28) could cause a problem digesting a complicated playbook.

Stanley was having a banner senior season before suffering a torn chest muscle. A renewed dedication to conditioning helped his performance greatly in 2005. There were still instances when he ran out of gas (2005 Pittsburgh and Rutgers games), but on the whole he was more productive by being in better condition. His good timed speed translated to the field in 2005, as he showed better urgency and burst pushing the pocket.

Stanley is a good space eater who has the bulk and improved hand usage to occupy multiple blockers, which allowed teammate Elvis Dumervil to have great success with his free lane to the quarterback. His ability to stay square in his anchor helped the rush defense immensely, as the team allowed only 114.0 yards per game on the ground in 2005.

By using his hands more often, Stanley was able to stack and control and it was rare to see him get pushed back in 2005. He was more effective splitting double teams and pushed the pile with more authority. He also surprised most scouts with his improved lateral agility, as 17 of his tackles came vs. the outside running game during his senior year.

With the more consistent effort in 2005, he was well on his way to living up to his potential until getting hurt. Stanley played mostly in the three-tech at Louisville, but will probably be more suited for the two-gap defensive tackle scheme at the pro level. His improved stamina and good quickness could also see him be productive lining up at end in a 3-4 alignment. He still needs to work on more conditioning and diagnosing plays on the field, but with patient coaching, some team could have a nice late-round find here.

Career Notes

Has starting experience at left defensive end, left tackle, nose guard and right tackle … Ranks twelfth in school annals with 12.5 quarterback sacks and tied for ninth with 30 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

2005 Season

All-Big East Conference first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report … Started the first twelve games at right defensive tackle before mid-December surgery to repair a torn chest muscle would sideline him for the Gator Bowl … Ranked fifth on the team with 48 tackles (27 solos) and posted personal bests with 5.5 sacks for minus 44 yards and ten stops for losses of 61 yards … Recovered three fumbles and caused another … Also deflected one pass … Helped the team rank second in the conference and 22nd in the nation, allowing only 114.0 yards per game rushing.

2005 Game Analysis

Kentucky … Opened the season with seven tackles (five solos) and assisted defensive end Elvis Dumervil in sacking QB Andre' Woodson for a 7-yard loss during the game's opening series … Head to Head Competition -- OG Fatu Turituri.

Oregon State … Posted four solo tackles with two sacks for minus 18 yards and a fumble recovery … Sacked QB Matt Moore for an 8-yard loss on a third-and-8 play late in the second quarter, forcing OSU to punt … Defensive end Elvis Dumervil sacked Moore for minus 16 yards on a third-and-7 play at the start of the third quarter and Stanley recovered the ball at the OSU 21 … Later in the quarter, Stanley would again sack Moore for a 10-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- OG Jeremy Perry.

South Florida … Registered six tackles (5 solos) … Head to Head Competition -- OG Frank Davis.

Florida Atlantic … Added another six hits (5 solos) with two stops for losses of 7 yards and also caused and recovered a fumble … Took down tailback Charles Pierre for a 3-yard loss when Stanley went right over center to drag the tailback down … Smashed guard Brandon Jackson to the ground to tackle Frantz Simeon for a 4-yard loss on a reverse and seven plays later, he stripped the ball from B.J. Manley, recovering the ball at the UL 24 to set up a 76-yard touchdown toss from Cardinal QB Brian Brohm to Mario Urrutia with 2:28 left in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Brandon Jackson.

North Carolina … Limited to three tackles, but one was good for a 6-yard sack of QB Matt Baler with less than two minutes left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Charlston Gray.

West Virginia … Bounced back with eight tackles (3 solos), a pass deflection and took down Steve Slaton for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt late in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Ryan Stanchek.

Cincinnati … Registered six tackles with an assisted sack and a fumble recovery … Team with defensive end Elvis Dumervil to sack QB Dustin Grutza for a 7-yard loss on a third-and-10 play midway through the first quarter, as Dumervil caused a fumble that Stanley recovered at the Cincinnati 42 … Head to Head Competition -- OG Ryan Brown.

Pittsburgh … Managed only two tackles, but also sacked QB Tyler Palko for minus 5 yards at the start of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG John Simonitis.

Rutgers … Started, but did not record any tackles … Head to Head Competition -- OG Jeremy Zuttah.

Syracuse … Bounced back from two quiet games to record four solo tackles, an 11-yard sack and two stops for losses of 17 yards … Raced to the right side of the line to take down tailback Damien Rhodes for a 6-yard loss early in the second quarter … Sacked QB Perry Patterson for an 11-yard loss on a third-and-17 play with 6:25 left to play … Head to Head Competition -- OG Carroll Madison.

Connecticut … Closed out his career with three assisted tackles … Head to Head Competition -- OG Matt Applebaum.

Virginia Tech (GMAC Bowl) … Did not play … Underwent surgery on December 15th to repair a torn left pectoral muscle in his chest.

2004 Season

Played in every game, starting ten contests at right defensive tackle … Came off the bench vs. North Carolina and Memphis … Finished with 30 tackles (19 solos), four sacks for minus 15 yards and 4.5 stops for losses of 18 yards … Caused two fumbles and recovered two others, including one in the end zone for a touchdown … Also deflected two passes.

2004 Game Analysis

Kentucky … Assisted on a 1-yard sack of QB Shane Boyd, causing a fumble, and had two hits.

Army … Added two more tackles and recovered a fumble.

East Carolina … Posted three solo tackles and caused a fumble when he stopped QB James Pinkney for a 2-yard loss on a bootleg.

Memphis … Registered a season-high six tackles (5 solos).

Houston … Sacked QB Kevin Kolb for a 3-yard loss and matched his season-high of six tackles (5 assists).

Cincinnati … Made four tackles (3 solos) and sacked QB Gino Guidugli for minus 7 yards.

Tulane … Recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Boise State (Liberty Bowl) … Posted three tackles and assisted on a sack of QB Jared Zabransky for a 4-yard loss.

2003 Season

Started the first twelve games at left defensive end and then switched to left tackle for the GMAC Bowl … Registered 37 tackles (21 solos) with three sacks for minus 12 yards and thirteen stops for losses of 30 yards … Also recovered two fumbles.

2003 Game Analysis

Notched six tackles and two stops for losses vs. Cincinnati … Credited with five stops vs. Houston … Recorded five tackles, including three for losses and two sacks vs. Temple … Recovered a fumble and made four hits vs. Syracuse … Had another fumble recovery in the Texas-El Paso clash … Added four tackles at Kentucky.

2002 Season

Played in eleven games as a reserve defensive end … Finished with 16 tackles (10 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses of 3 yards and a fumble recovery … Limited over the second half of the season with turf toe … Provided one of the more memorable moments of the season when he recovered a fumble and rumbled 56 yards down the sideline to setup Henry Miller's two-yard score during the Cards' furious fourth-quarter comeback bid at Colorado State.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as a defensive end.

Injury Report

2002: Limited over the second half of the season with turf toe.

2005: Underwent surgery Dec. 15 to repair a torn left pectoral muscle, missing the Gator Bowl vs. Virginia Tech.

2006: Did not participate in 225-pound bench press at the Combine following surgery for torn left pectoral.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.06 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times … 550-pound back squat … 328-pound hang clean … 33-inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Left-handed … 8/28 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 5.23-second 40-yard dash. … 29-inch vertical jump. … 9'02" broad jump. … Did not participate in 225-pound bench press (rehabbing from pectoral surgery)

High School

Attended Westover (Albany, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach John Reynolds … Lettered four times in football, earning All-State accolades as a defensive tackle during his junior and senior campaigns … Five-time Albany Herald Player of the Week selection over his final two seasons … The three-time All-Region choice was selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game … Helped lead his team to a 13-2 mark and the state title as a junior and an 11-2 mark and a berth in the state semifinals as a senior … Logged 12 sacks as a sophomore, 17 as a junior and 15 as a senior.

Personal

General Studies major … Son of Comelia Carr … Born 10/10/81 … Resides in Albany, Georgia.

 
 
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