Chargers Select ND State QB Easton Stick in Fifth Round

The last time the Chargers drafted a quarterback was in 2013.

Philip Rivers is the Los Angeles Chargers starting quarterback, but the franchise is starting to possibly look at the future with their fifth-round pick.

The Chargers selected North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick on Saturday with the 166th overall pick. Stick succeeded Carson Wentz and is the winningest quarterback in FCS history (49-3) while leading the Bison to three national championships.

Stick won all eight of his starts in 2015 as a redshirt freshman when Wentz was injured. Stick finished his career with 8,693 passing yards and 88 touchdowns. He also rushed for 2,523 yards and 41 TDs.

Stick will vie with Cardale Jones for the third quarterback spot after the Chargers signed Tyrod Taylor to be Rivers' backup.

The last time the Chargers drafted a quarterback was in 2013, when they selected Brad Sorensen in the seventh round.

Los Angeles began the final day by selecting Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill in the fourth round with the 130th overall pick. It is their second Fighting Irish player in this draft class after they took defensive tackle Jerry Tillery in the first round.

Tranquill was third on Notre Dame in tackles (75) along with nine tackles for loss, 3½ sacks, and three quarterback hurries.

Los Angeles lacked depth at linebacker late last season. They had three linebackers end up on injured reserve, which included two starters.

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