2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Ricky Stanzi
Ricky Stanzi will enter the 2011 NFL Draft without much hype, as he doesn’t have the same physical tools that most of the other highly touted quarterback prospects do. However, in terms of game management and intangibles, he can be placed among the best.
Stanzi has work to do, as do most prospects, but in the most important aspects of the game, he appears to be ahead of the curve.
Player Name: Ricky Stanzi
Stanzi makes up for what he lacks in pure talent with excellent game-managing, good decision-making, strong leadership, and understanding the game. Truly a cerebral quarterback that doesn’t get bogged down by mistakes and lets the game come to him. Has excellent size and build for the position. Raised his accuracy and dropped his mistakes in his senior year, as he continued to showcase his ability to lead his team and performer in clutch situations. Simply a gamer that doesn’t have the obvious big talent, but still performs at a very high level.
Was very consistent in 2010, and has experience in playing in a Pro-Style system. Faced solid competition and played in some big games during his career. Throwing motion and mechanics have improved over the years, and are no longer huge concerns. Has a short memory and great confidence, best displayed after throwing five interceptions in the first three quarters against Indiana before leading his team back for the win in 2009. Has under-rated athleticism and mobility, as well.
Stanzi’s biggest and most obvious weakness is his merely average arm strength. Older than most rookie quarterbacks (24), and combined with his physical limitations, his potential isn’t as great as other prospects. Prior to his excellent senior season, had a tendency to force the issue and turn the ball over. That seems to be corrected, but there is concern that his senior campaign was not the norm. Needs to do a better job at leading his receivers. Doesn’t have great footwork. His release and motion have improved greatly, but his set-up hasn’t caught up yet.
Overall, Stanzi has the mental make-up, size, and football IQ of a starting caliber quarterback. He possesses great leadership abilities, has improved accuracy and mechanics, and has solid experience. With his lack of upside, Stanzi should be looking at a selection in the third round.
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