2011 NFL Draft: Ricky Stanzi the First Iowa Hawkeyes QB To Be an NFL Success?

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2011 NFL Draft: Ricky Stanzi the First Iowa Hawkeyes QB To Be an NFL Success?
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Ricky Stanzi at Senior Bowl 2011

Love him or leave him, Ricky Stanzi is currently participating in the NFL combine and turning some heads. 

After a three-year starting QB career at Iowa and three "upset" bowl wins under his belt, the pro-style signal-caller smoothly sailed through interviews with his signature charm, humor and humble honesty.  His Iowa coaches can probably take some credit in preparing him for the camera. 

The web is now all a-buzz about his draft stock potentially rising with comparisons to Tom Brady and how he might be a bargain as a second-third round pick; earlier he was thought to be a fifth-sixth rounder. 

Opinions on Stanzi varied throughout the postseason from "back-up/scout guy who won’t be a starter," to "back-up guy who’ll get a shot to start in a few years" and even potential "franchise guy" if developed in the right NFL system.

That’s quite a range of opinions.  Hawkeye fans’ opinions have varied as much over his college career.  But as this under-the-radar draft candidate is studied further, his history revealed, NFL scouts should take note of a few facts about Ricky Stanzi.

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