Chargers Draft

Chargers finally draft a quarterback, select Easton Stick in fifth round

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Easton Stick, a quarterback mentioned in the same breath as the Los Angeles Chargers many times during the NFL draft process, is the newest member of the team.

You most likely came across at least one mock draft that had the Chargers taking Stick and that idea came true on Saturday afternoon as the Chargers used the No. 166 overall selection on the North Dakota State passer.

Stick is a work in progress to be sure, but he’s definitely gone to the right place in order to find success. The Chargers have Philip Rivers as the starter for as long as he wants the job and Tyrod Taylor, one of the league’s best backup quarterbacks, behind him.

Stick will come in and compete with Cardale Jones for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the roster.

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Stick is a mobile quarterback both inside and outside the pocket but he is not going to wow you with an incredible arm. What he can be is a strong leader on the field who makes smart decisions with the football.

Stick is a close personal friend of Carson Wentz having played at the same school and can always lean on him for advice on how to adjust to the pro game. He did play in a pro-style offense and is quite adept in an RPO-style attack.

The Chargers didn’t draft a quarterback early and they didn’t trade for Josh Rosen. However, Tom Telesco has finally drafted a quarterback. The only one he has drafted during his entire tenure as the team’s general manager came in 2013 when he took Brad Sorensen in the seventh round.

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