Kansas City Chiefs Select Ricky Stanzi in 5th Round

April 30, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fourth pick of the fifth round (135th overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Stanzi is the third Hawkeye player selected in the 2011 draft.

Stanzi is the first Iowa quarterback selected in the draft since Matt Rodgers was selected by Buffalo in the 12th round of the 1992 draft.

Stanzi posted a 26-9 record as Iowa’s starting quarterback. He led the Hawkeyes to a bowl win in each of the last three seasons and ranks second among Iowa signal-callers in career victories. He set an Iowa record for quarterback efficiency (157.63) in 2010, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation. He ranks third in career touchdown passes (56), passing yards (7,377), pass attempts (907) and total offense (7,373). He set an Iowa record with a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. This past season, Stanzi completed 221-345 (.641) attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.

Kansas City won the AFC West last season with a 10-6 record, bolstered by a 7-1 home mark. The Chiefs were 30th in the NFL a year ago in passing offense (185.5).

“I like this kid,” said ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper. “He’s very accurate in the pocket. He’s pro-style all the way. He made some big throws. He spread the ball around. Stanzi will provide competition for Matt Cassell.”

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Stanzi is a native of Mentor, Ohio, where he attended Lake Catholic High School. His career totals include 542-907 (.598) for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns. He is one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks to start and win three bowl games, as he led Iowa to wins over South Carolina (2009 Outback), Georgia Tech (2010 Orange) and Missouri (2010 Insight).

“I liked his improvement from his junior year to senior year,” added NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock. “He has excellent intangibles. I like him a lot. He loves the game of football, he gobbles tape. I think it’s an excellent pick.”

Stanzi will reunite with former teammate Tony Moeaki, who just completed his rookie season with the Chiefs. Stanzi connected with Moeaki 30 times for 387 yards and four TDs in 2009.

Stanzi is the 42nd Ferentz-coached Hawkeye (and 22nd offensive player) to be drafted. Last season a record six Iowa players were drafted, led by first-rounder Bryan Bulaga, who started on the offensive line for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

2011 NFL Draft
Round 1 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Defensive end
Round 4 Christian Ballard Minnesota Defensive tackle
Round 5 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City Quarterback
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Offensive line
Round 2 Pat Angerer Indianapolis Linebacker
Round 3 Amari Spievey Detroit Defensive back
Round 3 Tony Moeaki Kansas City Tight end
Round 4 A.J. Edds Miami Linebacker
Round 7 Kyle Calloway Buffalo Offensive line
2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive line
Round 6 Brandon Myers Oakland Tight end
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4 Kenny Iwebema Arizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
Round 4 Scott Chandler San Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back