Easton Stick: Final thoughts
If the Chargers were never going to take a quarterback early, then a guy like Stick is a good one to take on Day 3. There’s a lot to like about No. 12, and is summed up in three key points:
- He’s a winner. His record, FCS titles, and some clutch moments prove it.
- He’s a runner who doesn’t run first, unless that’s the play design.
- Fifth in passer rating under pressure and 11th in deep passer rating, per PFF’s 2019 Draft Guide
Stick now has plenty of time to fix a few problems, which include but are not limited to, avoiding big hits, accuracy across the middle, and turnovers. He will also need to get caught up to speed with an NFL system, as many of the plays run by North Dakota State’s offense looked pitch-and-catch at times. It looks like he progresses through reads well when that first option isn’t open, though, so that shouldn’t take too long to get used to in an NFL system where “open” seems like anything but.
The Chargers could have something on their hands here, and the signing of Taylor in free agency means Stick will be the third quarterback on the roster with no expectations this year. He gets to learn, grow, and build confidence behind two quarterbacks whose influence will enhance what he does best. Quarterback of the future? Maybe. But for now, it’s better than the Cardale Jones experiment.