Pats take closer look at QB Stanzi

March, 25, 2011
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On Thursday, the quarterback position was under the spotlight, with the thought that it wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots use one of their nine 2011 draft picks on a developmental type behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.

Iowa's Ricky Stanzi is one option that the Patriots took a closer look at Thursday, with offensive coaches working him out on campus.

Stanzi (6-4, 223) was a team captain at Iowa, where he started 35 games from 2008-2010 in Kirk Ferentz' pro-style offense. He had his best season in 2010, completing 64 percent of his passes, with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

One connection to the Patriots is that Stanzi has been working with Tom Martinez, who has been Tom Brady's personal coach.

ESPN's Scouts Inc. rates Stanzi as the eighth quarterback in the draft and 98th overall prospect.

By the time the draft arrives, the Patriots will have worked out or met with anywhere from 100-200 prospects, so a private workout doesn't necessarily mean that the team has plans to draft the player. Most accurately, it is a sign that the team is still gathering information on the player before placing a final grade on him.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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