Easton Stick: 3 Star Upside

Easton Stick (6’1, 224), Quarterback North Dakota State University

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

15.6 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Stick may be from a small school, but the Bison are no joke. Stick took over for Carson Wentz at North Dakota State University-a FCS program. Stick is the winningest player in NDSU history; totaling 41 wins of his tenure there. He consistently improved throughout his time as a starter; finishing his senior season with 2,752 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 677 rushing yards, and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Arm Strength: Aggregate Score 3.3 (Personal Score 4)

Stick keeps the ball primarily in the short and mid field. He has a great zip on his ball and hits his targets with strong throws. He also isn’t afraid to air the ball out; he can get the ball 50/60 yards downfield. On multiple occasions, Stick threw the ball 2-3 times in a row over 50 yards. I’m a bit higher on his arm strength than my fellow writers; it’s possible his big throws get me a little too hyped up.

Accuracy: Aggregate Score 2.3 (Personal Score 2)

This is not Stick’s strong suit. He can hit wide outs consistently on slants and drags over the first level of the field. Although I like his arm strength his ability to be dangerous downfield is limited because he loses a lot of accuracy past 40 yards downfield. He consistently overthrows his targets. Stick does not have the ability to make throws on the run; which is frustrating from a running quarterback. Even more frustrating is that in-between overthrows and wild deep balls are beautiful dimes with perfect touch. Stick has the upside, but inconsistent with accuracy is a big red flag.

Decision Making: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 2)

Stick protects the ball well, leading to a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio his senior year. He does well to move the pocket and set himself before throwing (which helps offset his inaccuracy) and makes quick decisions to tuck the ball and run. Stick, though, throws a lot of passes into traffic and leaves his receivers out to dry consistently. If Stick was playing higher level competition, I’m sure his ratio would be much lower.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 4.3 (Personal Score 5)

Here’s where I get really excited; Stick is an athletic freak for his position. He’s quick enough to beat linebackers to the edge and turn upfield and bolt. He’s also not afraid to run between the A gap and swipe defenders off of him. There’s multiple occasions on tape when Stick drags defensive backs forward with him while he extends the play. It’s not unreasonable to get Stick confused for his running back on tape-he is dynamic and breaks off big plays. He extends plays and makes broken players into 40-yard gains with his feet. Stick’s athletic upside makes him unique and a versatile talent in this draft class.

Mechanics: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

Here’s one category where the three rankers hit consensus. He’s light on his feet, has solid mechanics but nothing too impressive. Stick moves a pocket well and has a high level of awareness for when to set his feet and throw the ball, and when to take off running. He scares you, though, when he puts his head down to take on linebackers.

Conclusion: Late Round Flyer

I get seriously hype when watching Stick’s tape. It’s exciting, there’s a ton of dynamic plays, and you can tell he’s a serious gamer. Still, he’s very raw and even in a great landing spot he looks to be a taxi squad asset for at least a few years. In superflex formats he’s more appealing; and could even sneak into the back end of the third round. In most formats, though, he will go in the fourth round-or not at all.

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Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing is focused on dynasty and devy fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @TheFF_Educator

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