For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Chiefs selected an offensive player out of Iowa. In 2010, it was TE Tony Moeaki and in 2011 it was QB Ricky Stanzi. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has a relationship with Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz so he probably used him to get the goods on Stanzi.
But the Chiefs also used Moeaki to learn more about Stanzi. Moeaki tells HawkCentral.com that the Chiefs had some extensive conversations with him before the draft (and, actually, it would have to be before the lockout in March).
Moeaki said he fully endorsed Stanzi when two team officials quizzed him about the Iowa quarterback before the draft. "It was pretty extensive," Moeaki said. "They do their homework on every player. Me and Rick are really close friends, so obviously they're going to ask me questions about him."
Moeaki was so excited that, when he looked to see who the Chiefs picked while he was driving, he joked that he almost crashed.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel told Adam Teicher of the KC Star that he's been in contact with Stanzi and hopes to get him out to KC to start working with a small group of players conducting informal practices.