Ricky Stanzi: Is He the Most NFL Ready QB at the 2011 Senior Bowl?

Max HollanderContributor IJanuary 25, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Insight Bowl against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the 2011 Senior Bowl only a few days away, scouts are lined up at the practice fields to feast their eyes upon the best players soon to enter this year's NFL draft.

Obviously, the most cherished position scouts look upon is that of quarterback, and with a draft filled with top talent and especially quarterbacks this year, could a guy from Iowa be the top quarterback?

He may not be drafted as the top quarterback, but Ricky Stanzi did nothing but shine during his career at Iowa while putting up phenomenal numbers and maintaining a winning mentality and record of 26-9 as a starting quarterback during his time in Iowa City.

Stanzi has not only NFL numbers that scouts look at as a key factor in determining a player's worth for the draft, but he also possesses the size to be an elite quarterback in the NFL at 6'4", 230 pounds. This makes him a composed passer in the pocket as well as given him the ability to see over monstrous offensive lines.

Stanzi continually showed that he has the ability to scramble making him more than just a pocket passer and that he can throw on the run while outrunning defensive linemen. As this week's practices continue, look for Stanzi to demonstrate how versatile he can be as a quarterback while unleashing that powerful, gun-slinging arm that scouts and analysts know him for. 

Prior to the 2010 season, Stanzi was put on watch lists for the Maxwell award, Davey O'Brien award, Manning award and Premier Player of College Football award. Despite not taking home any of these prestigious trophies, Stanzi still was able to compile outstanding numbers in his senior season throwing for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns with an exceptional 157.3 passer rating.

These impressive numbers contributed to his career numbers of 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns while being a starter for only three seasons at Iowa.

Although he may not be the top quarterback taken in this year's draft, he is sure to be a top prospect and can guarantee he will make an illustrious name for himself wherever he lands in the NFL.