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Here it is kids. No Jake Locker, no Blaine Gabbert, no Cam Newton, no Andy Dalton. The Vikings keep their cool and calmly wait until the fourth to scoop up Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi—the most underrated QB in the draft.
Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in passing efficiency (157.63), setting an Iowa single-season record.
Finished with a 26-9 record as a starting quarterback, ranking second among Iowa quarterbacks in career wins.
Threw at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games to establish an Iowa record.
Ranks fourth in career completions (542), third in career touchdown passes (56), passing yards (7,377), pass attempts (907) and total offense (7,373).
The only quarterback to start three games and win three games against Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
Only Iowa quarterback and just third Big Ten quarterback to start and win three bowl games and one of seven seniors named to 2010 Leadership Group.
A strong-arm quarterback who knows how to play under center and manage any given game.
Considered a starter-in-the-making-type quarterback with all the right developmental tools.
Efficient passer and excellent check-down passer who knows how to get out of coverage trouble.
In 2010, Stanzi started all 13 games at quarterback and completed 221 of 345 pass attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
But what’s really intriguing is his ability to protect the ball, move the chains, utilize the short-passing game and take advantage of the opportunities deep when presented.
The Vikings will be featuring more double-TE sets and will need the helmsman to move those chains and utilize both the short and long ball in an effort to balance out the air attack—something Stanzi excels at.
Also, Stanzi’s unusual mobility at 6’4” and 233 will eventually come in real handy.