While running a pro-style, under center offense at North Dakota State, Easton Stick was at his best when utilized as a dual-threat quarterback or when plays broke down. That athleticism shined bright today at the NFL Combine.
Stick finished first among quarterback in the 3-cone drill (6.65 seconds) and the 20-yard shuffle (4.05 seconds). His time of 6.65 seconds tied for the best time of any QB in Combine history and was faster than any player in attendance this year. The second best time was Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin's 6.77. Stick's time of 4.05 seconds was the third best of any position group this year.
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Stick also had the third-best marks out of the 2019 quarterbacks with a 4.62-second 40-yard dash, a vertical leap of 33.5 inches and a broad jump of 118 inches.
Another big part of the Combine is meeting with teams, and it's a safe assumption that he impressed in that area as well. With his ability at NDSU to change offensive line protections and check to different plays, Stick is ahead of most college quarterbacks when adapting to an NFL playbook.
The biggest question for Stick, who is ranked the 13th best QB and a projected seventh-round draft pick by NFLDraftScout, will continue to be just how good of an arm does he have? He didn't exactly wow scouts during the throwing drills.
A couple out patterns saw errant throws, he short-hopped an in-breaking route and wide receivers had to slow down to catch some deep balls. At the same time, none of the other 14 QBs who threw, outside of Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, showed elite arm talent. And what you do during throwing drills on air with receivers you've never worked with before doesn't always translate to what you can do in a game.
Stick's film shows that when it is game time, he makes plays with his right arm and his legs. The testing numbers today showed he's an elite athlete not just at the FCS level, but he's one of the top overall athletes in this draft.