Can Easton Stick live up to the Carson Wentz Hype?

Ever since Carson Wentz was drafted 2nd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft everybody has been looking to find the next Carson Wentz. This often means looking for little known quarterbacks on non blue blood programs and about every small school prospect that has good size and arm strength. But with Wentz’s former backup leading the Bison to their 6th National Title. With everybody looking for the next Carson Wentz, do we need to look in the same place? And can Easton Stick live up to all the Carson Wentz hype that will surround him.

What Easton Stick Does Well

While Easton doesn’t have a cannon for an arm to drive the ball downfield he does show the ability to make accurate throws and put the ball in a place for his receivers to make easy catches. To go with his accuracy Stick has the ability to throw with touch and anticipation that makes up for his average arm strength. Because he doesn’t have the ability to drive it into tight spots, Stick tends to make his throws before the receiver makes their break taking advantage of the defense having to react and making more completions. Stick also can make throws with good touch dropping the ball over linebackers and into the receivers on both intermediate and deep throws.

Some Concerns about Easton Stick

One of the biggest questions about Stick is his decision making where he often threw the ball into heavy traffic and into situations that are higher chances of resulting in interceptions. Stick also has a bit of a hitch in his throwing motion and the ball takes a bit longer to come out than other quarterbacks. Pair that with an average arm where the ball can float it could allow defenders to read the pass faster and lead to more interceptions.

Where East Stick Projects

Easton Stick has a lot of potential and the traits to develop into an NFL starting quarterback including accuracy, touch and anticipation on his throws but there is definitely a lower ceiling for him. The current NFL starting quarterback Stick should model his game after and hope to follow their path is current Minnesota Vikings starter Kirk Cousins. Like Cousins, Stick will likely be a mid round pick who isn’t expected to be a starter day one but if he puts in the work and continues to get better he could turn into a quality starter. And we all know that he understands what it takes to win at a high level.

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