“So, we decided a couple weeks ago we were going to draft you, it was just a matter of when.”
That’s what General Manager Tom Telesco told Easton Stick when he called him to let him know the Chargers were taking him in the fifth round.
So, why were the Bolts so enamored with their new quarterback?
Let’s start at the beginning.
Telesco and the team’s scouts spend over 12 months evaluating hundreds, if not thousands, of college prospects, providing detailed accounts of every aspect of their game. In fact, at this moment, the Chargers’ scouts are already hard at work on the 2020 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, the coaching staff is obviously working hard during the season, so they aren’t brought into the draft process until much later. By that point, the scouts have already done the lion’s share of the work, providing detailed reports on countless players.
One of those was Easton Stick.
The North Dakota State product impressed the team throughout the entire leadup to the draft.
However, it was a late meeting with the quarterback that may have sealed the team’s decision to target Stick.
“(We liked) a lot of things (about him),” Telesco said. “He’s a great leader. He’s very smart. He’s tough. Obviously, he’s won a lot of games at North Dakota State. As a quarterback, he’s very athletic with very good feet. He can process quickly with his eyes. He has touch and accuracy. He’s a quarterback that we really dialed in on. We really like his game. We actually brought him in for a visit pretty late in the process so our coaches could spend some more time with him.”
“We sent him a packet with some things and when he came in, we quizzed him on it,” Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “We did something a little bit different this time. Usually, we’ll ask them specific questions about plays in the packet. This time, we just said, ‘Draw everything that you can remember.’ Usually, it’s about three plays — three pass plays and a couple of runs. (Stick) was very impressive. It’s still on the board in (my office), the three plays that he drew up and how detailed they were. For a college football player having to learn something that’s a little bit different than what he’s done, put the time in and come back without any notice and be able to put it back up on the board was really impressive.”