The LA Chargers drafting Easton Stick was never something that I could fully get my mind around. The team was coming off of a fantastic 12-4 season and could have used the 2019 NFL Draft as a way to plug some holes on the roster to ensure that the success would continue.
Instead, the team selected Easton Stick: a mobile quarterback from North Dakota State. The Chargers used a fifth-round selection on Stick despite having both Philip Rivers and Tyrod Taylor on the roster.
Not only did the team have two quarterbacks on the roster, but Taylor was under contract for two seasons as well. The team would eventually draft Justin Herbert, but from a depth chart perspective, drafting Stick never made sense.
Now the LA Chargers have signed Chase Daniel to be the team’s veteran backup quarterback and someone who Justin Herbert can lean on. For the third year in a row, Easton Stick is third on the quarterback depth chart.
Easton Stick as the LA Chargers’ long-term backup just never made sense.
I was never a fan of the Stick selection. Those for Stick argued that he was young and could be the team’s long-term backup and the Chargers needed that. I understand the use of a long-term backup to have just in case the team cannot get that veteran but backup quarterbacks like that are available in every single draft.
The timing of it just does not make sense and I get that they liked Stick as a prospect but they still knew that he was going to be the third-string running back for at least two seasons as the 2020 season was either going to be Philip Rivers or a first-round quarterback.
It did not make much sense back then and it still does not make sense. Just for fun, let’s look at who the Chargers could have drafted instead of Easton Stick in 2019.