EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings drafted quarterback Nate Stanley in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 244th overall pick.
The 22-year-old is from Menomonie, Wisconsin, about an hour east of U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. He played collegiately at Iowa. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Stanley is the first quarterback drafted by the Vikings since Teddy Bridgewater (No. 32 overall) in 2014.
Stanley also is the fourth player ever drafted by the Vikings from the 244th overall spot, joining Pete Tatman in 1967, Giles Cole in 2000 and Jayron Kearse in 2016.
Here are five things to know about the new Vikings quarterback:
1. Bowling strikes
Stanley is one of two quarterbacks in Iowa history to go 3-0 in bowl games, joining Ricky Stanzi.
He led the Hawkeyes to wins against Boston College, Mississippi State and Southern California in his final three seasons.
Stanley was a combined 47-of-73 passing for 526 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in his postseason starts.
In the Holiday Bowl against USC, Stanley closed his college career by leading the Hawkeyes on touchdown drives (75, 72, 52 and 90) on their first four offensive possessions. Iowa also got a 98-yard touchdown return of a kickoff on the way to building a 35-24 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Stanley finished 27-12 in 39 starts for the fourth-most wins nationally by a QB in the past three seasons.
He ranks second in school history with 68 career touchdown passes and 8,302 passing yards. Chuck Long (1981-85) maintains both records with 74 touchdown tosses and 10,461 yards.
View images of Vikings new QB Nate Stanley from his days at Iowa.
2. Captain, Captain, Captain
Stanley joined linebacker Josey Jewell as the only three-time permanent captains in program history. The two overlapped in 2016-17 during Stanley's first two seasons in Iowa City and Jewell's final two. Jewell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by Denver.
In addition to the three-time captaincy, Stanley was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the conference's coaches and won the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award in 2019.
3. Three-sport star and sporting family
Stanley starred in football (quarterback, defensive back and punter), basketball and baseball at Menomonie High School.
Even though he missed much of his junior season, Stanley set school records for passing yards (3,674) and career touchdowns (36). He also scored a school-record 1,350 points on the hardwood, coming by his talent honestly.
His father, Jay, was head basketball coach at the school from 1997-2009, and his mother, Donita, played hoops at Wartburg College where she and Jay met.
Stanley's sister, Leah, played basketball in high school, and his brother, Luke, was a receiver at North Dakota.
View the sketch of Vikings draft pick QB Nate Stanley who was transformed into a caricature by local artist Erik Roadfeldt.
4. Hobbies and craftsman
Don Doxsie of the Quad-City Times reported that Stanley prefers spending time outdoors over playing video games. Stanley and his roommate Kristian Welch, another Wisconsin native, enjoyed going fishing together near Iowa City.
Welch, a linebacker, signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent.
Doxsie also noted Stanley gained an interest in woodworking after taking wood shop classes in high school and has built coffee tables and bookshelves.
5. PT after playing time?
Stanley majored in physical therapy and garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors three times.