2019 Picks #166-170
NFL Draft Scout
#166 Chargers - Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
OUTLOOK: A winning pedigree quarterback, Stick walks away from his collegiate career as a four-time National Champion (two as a starter) and the FCS all-time winningest quarterback with a 49-3 record as starter. What he lacks in size and arm strength, he makes up for with intangibles and accuracy. Stick shows excellent pocket awareness and while considered to be a dual-threat quarterback, he has proven on plenty of occasions his willingness to sit and the pocket and absorb a big hit if needed to. He operated out of a pro-style offense, primarily from the shotgun but did also line up under center quite a but, demonstrating adequate feet and a quick release. Stick also does an impressive job being able to move safeties with his eyes. A three-sport athlete in high school who also played baseball and track; his dad Aaron, was a member of the Chicago Cubs organization. While Stick was underwhelming at the East-West Shrine Game and wasn’t overly impressive at the combine, he possesses enough traits to work with as a developmental quarterback at the next level, which will probably require a season or two on the practice squad.
#167 Eagles - Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
OUTLOOK: The team captain began the year on a limited ‘pitch count’ due to his offseason shoulder surgery. He endured an inconsistent season and while it didn’t always look pretty, he willed the Wildcats to victories, as Thorson wrapped up his career as the school’s all-time leader in wins and boasts plenty of experience on his resume. It should be noted that his ability to respond to pressure deserves praise, as Thorson has proven to be a gutsy performer on multiple occasions. He had to pull out of the Senior Bowl due to an ankle injury, according to executive director Jim Nagy, who was also quoted as saying that he spoke to at least ten teams who had a third round grade on Thorson prior to the event in January. With over 50 career starts under his belt, there is plenty of film for scouts to scour over. The overall body of work is a mixed batch of good and bad but there is no denying that Thorson has showed flashes of brilliance and great toughness during his Wildcats career.
#168 Titans - D'andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
OUTLOOK: Looks and plays bigger than his listed height, perhaps due to his very broad shoulders and long arms and thick lower half. While perhaps not truly explosive off the snap, Walker shows above average initial burst to get a rolling start off the snap, accelerating smoothly with long strides and challenging tackles with his speed. He is a flexible, coordinated athlete, showing the ability to dip under the reach of tackles, as well as scrape the corner. His country strong frame is made more powerful with excellent pad level, earning high marks for toughness with his willingness to get low and root out oncoming lead blockers in the hole. Limited reps in coverage but looked comfortable turning and running covering back on wheel route vs. Tennessee... Effective tackler in the open field, showing the composure to break down and lassoing ball-carriers with his long arms. Passionate in pursuit and looks to make a statement as a hitter when he can, alternately lowering a shoulder to deliver a boom or throwing ball-carriers to the ground emphatically. Production influenced by play-calling as Georgia schemed and shifted Walker all over to create positive matchups with him rarely being forced to take on double-teams. Plays bigger than his listed size but possesses just average bulk for edge rusher duties. Needs to show greater awareness of passing lanes, failing to get his long arms into the air consistently enough to cloud the quarterback's vision. Has just four passes defensed over his career, albeit three of them coming in 2018. Walker may lack the name recognition of some of his edge rushing peers after biding his time behind an NFL pipeline in Athens, but scouts can check a lot of boxes with his length, strength and speed. Perhaps best of all, he appears to be an ascending player. That perceived upside and versatility will draw plenty of interest with Walker likely off the board on Day 2.
#169 Rams – David Edwards, T, Wisconsin
OUTLOOK: After he received a very favorable grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board following his sophomore campaign, Edwards decided to return for one more season in hopes of polishing up his overall game. A high school quarterback, Edwards came to Madison as a tight end before making the switch to right tackle, where he has started for the past three seasons, protecting the blindside for his starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who is left-handed. Edwards owns the hard-nosed, gritty Wisconsin pedigree that usually translates well to the NFL. He played through injury during his final season, which obviously hindered him but his strong film from a healthy sophomore campaign, probably solidifies him as a top 50 overall selection.
#170 Browns - Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
OUTLOOK: In a day and age where social media can get you recognized, Seibert went viral on YouTube, connecting on a 66-yard field goal in high school, which led to him receiving a scholarship at Oklahoma. He suffered a broken leg in high school but actually credits the setback for much of his success, stating that he lost all the muscle in his leg and re-trained it specifically just to kick. Seibert became the highest-scoring kicker in NCAA-FBS history during the final game of his collegiate career in the Orange Bowl with 496 career points (previous record help by Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals). After a tremendous senior campaign, he was invited to the Senior Bowl, where he made a strong impression upon scouts, setting himself up to hear his name called on Day 3 of the draft.