RICKY STANZI – Fifth Round Pick (135th Overall) in 2011 NFL Draft
Perhaps Chiefs Kingdom was so excited about the drafting of Aaron Murray because it was the first time the franchise had drafted a quarterback since Ricky Stanzi in 2011. Stanzi, yet another fifth round pick by the team, did nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs during his short career.
Romeo Crennel should have at least given the kid a chance. He couldn’t have been any worse than what Cassel and Quinn were providing.
After spending his college years at Iowa, Stanzi joined the team and was the third string quarterback behind Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko in 2011. The Chiefs added Kyle Orton in 2011 as well, showing that the team had no faith in Stanzi.
They proved that sentiment even further when despite a horrendous campaign in 2012 behind Cassel and Brady Quinn, Stanzi still couldn’t see the field. In my opinion, Romeo Crennel should have at least given the kid a chance. He couldn’t have been any worse than what Cassel and Quinn were providing.
After two seasons in the Chiefs system, Stanzi didn’t make the roster in 2013. He then signed with the Jaguars and spent that season with them. He then was on practice squad for the Texans in 2014 and on the practice squads for the Giants and Lions in 2015. He’s been out of the league since then.
Ricky Stanzi really never got any sort of opportunity with the Chiefs. With the team being as bad as they were, obviously there was no faith in the kid to get anything positive done.