Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick has been invited to the NFL Combine, according to his agent.
Stick will participate in the workout and interview process in Indianapolis Feb. 26-March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium. More than 300 of the top college football players will participate in the combine. Top executives, coaches and player personnel departments will be there to evaluate players for April's NFL Draft.
"We believe Easton is a developmental starter in the NFL," Chase Callahan of Rep1 Sports said. "The top levels of the draft are reserved for quarterbacks with elite physical tools like Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. Easton maybe isn't there. But in the areas that Easton lacks, he makes up for it with other things."
Wentz is a former Bison quarterback who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Callahan said his agency views developmental starters — players who can begin their careers as backups and work their way into starting positions — as possible third- to fifth-round draft choices. Draft analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Stick pegged as a fifth- to seventh-round selection.
Stick is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and finished his NDSU career earlier this month by leading the Bison to their seventh Football Championship Subdivision national title in eight years. He was a three-year starter with the Bison, leading them to national championships his last two years.
Stick also started eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, winning them all, when Wentz was injured during his senior season. Stick went 49-3 as a starter in his career, setting the FCS record for most victories by a quarterback.