Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are three issues with Stanzi that we'll have to heavily consider if we're going to draft him.
1) Lack of arm strength -- If we are going to try to force him into a deep-ball offense, we're kidding ourselves. We better understand what kind of QB is, know his strengths, and mold the offense to fit that.
2) He won't be ready right away. Stanzi is not a fully polished product and will need time to develop. At least one year watching, preferably, and then playing time to really get into the flow of things. I like Stanzi, but it's quite obvious he's just not "there" yet.
3) Stanzi can get wild with the football. And the bad kind. In the NFL, the things he may try to do, try to force, will get him in huge trouble. As shown last year, he was making some horrific decisions leading to Pick-6's. Usually, even when that number goes down in college, it's a terrifying thing to think of if you're looking for a future QB. Grossman has this same problem of being careless, and at the worst times. If a QB has EVER had that particular problem at one point in their career, it's absolutely horrifying sometimes to wonder if it really was just growing pains or if it was an irreparable mental issue that will resurface in the Pro's, haunting he and whatever team he's on for the duration of his playing days.
He doesn't have a cannon arm like Locker, but it's definitely not weak (which some posters have noted). Our offense isn't built like the Colts or the Patriots so we really don't have to worry about our QB being able to throw 50 yards every play. The fact that he can throw a very accurate 30-40 yard pass is good for me.
As for points 2 and 3, I do tend to agree. He has made a lot of improvement with his decision making in his senior year. He's smarter with the ball and he's making reads a lot quicker. I don't think anyone on here expected us to draft him and start right away. But he looks like a player that learns very quickly and with his experience under a Kirk Ferentz offense, I think he'd progress nicely in the pros.