2011 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Visit with Quarterback Prospect Ricky Stanzi

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 20, 2011

IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30- Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes warms up his throwing arm before play against the Michigan State Spartans at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michigan State. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns quarterback rumors are swirling yet again, as the team held a private workout with former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi on Wednesday.

Stanzi is ranked as the ninth overall quarterback according to Sideline Scouting and is projected by multiple sites as a fourth to fifth-round prospect. Cleveland has been rumored to be interested in drafting a quarterback since early February when Mike Holmgren stated he would be looking at the available quarterbacks personally and working out more than 30 potential draft picks before April 28.

Stanzi was a three-year starter for the Hawkeyes, but did not see great success until last season. In 2010, he threw 25 touchdowns, opposed to only 6 interceptions, and led Iowa to a victory in the Insight Bowl over Missouri. Throughout his career, Stanzi threw for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns, while continuing to improve upon his numbers every season.

Considering the teams he played with over his collegiate career, Stanzi still managed to put up solid numbers. Iowa's offensive line failed him on multiple occasions, as he was sacked a total of 74 times and forced into some poor throws. He finished 2010 with 31 career interceptions and a passer rating of a little more than 93.

Cleveland currently has four quarterbacks signed for the 2011 season. However, the thought of the Browns drafting a quarterback in two weeks may be a sign of things to come for current quarterback, Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme will reportedly be asked to take a pay cut by the Browns when the Collective Bargaining Agreement is officially decided upon later this year. Cleveland has also said they have no intentions of starting Delhomme in 2011, which could make the chances of a restructured deal even more complex.

Stanzi would likely be the third-string quarterback for Cleveland next season if he is drafted, assuming Delhomme will not return. If he remains with Cleveland in 2011, then the need for drafting another quarterback seems nonexistent and should be carefully examined by the front office before making the selection.


Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns featured columnist for Bleacher Report and also the lead columnist for Browns Central. Brian is also the Fan Voice of the Browns on "NFL Touchdown."