by Aaron Kagan
North Dakota State Bison
6’2″, 221 lbs
281/175 comp/att (62.3%), 2,752 pass yards, 28 TD, 7 INT, 117 rushing att, 677 yards, 17 rushing TD
Playing football on the FCS level as opposed to the FBS level may seem like a weakness to some, but for Easton Stick it was actually an advantage being that his team was undefeated and reputed to be the best teams at this level. This allowed his talent to shine while delivering tremendous results. If we compare him to the team’s previous quarterback Carson Wentz, this obviously holds some merit. Though instead of this comparison, a more likely comparison would be to that of Taysom Hill. He is a very athletic quarterback who is able to easily move within the pocket. Being light on his feet, he is able to find rhythm in his drop backs and execute throws with anticipation. While consistently working his field progressions, his faults can catch up to him at times.
With his good anticipation, he can also sometimes anticipate incorrectly and make ill-advised throws. Along with his decision-making issues, his level of competition may signal that he needs to speed up this process to be at an NFL level. By holding the ball slightly too long, it would lead to sacks. Having spotty field vision does not help this aspect. These restrictions will definitely hold Stick down at the next level unless they are worked on with the help of a professional coaching staff that can work with his raw talent and add some shape.
Likely a career backup, Easton Stick has some measurables that will stand out on paper. This however, falls off the map when considering the level of competition that he had faced. He may get drafted by a team looking at the backup quarterback position in the 6th to 7th round, though he still may go un-drafted. His talent and athleticism are present without a doubt.