Stick drafted 166th overall

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OMAHA, Neb. (Valley News Live) -- The second straight starting quarterback for North Dakota State is selected in the NFL Draft.

Easton Stick follows in the footsteps of Carson Wentz once again as he's selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Stick was selected 166th overall by the Los Angeles Chargers, making him a fifth round draft pick.

"Just really, really thankful for the opportunity," Stick said of being drafted by L.A. "It's a great organization. There are great people there to learn from so I'm just really thankful for them taking a chance on me."

Stick is the first draft pick from North Dakota State since both Wentz and offensive lineman Joe Haeg were selected in the 2016 draft. Though Nick DeLuca and Chris Board are both playing in the NFL as undrafted free-agents.

"North Dakota State is a really special place and special program," Stick said of continuing the tradition in the NFL. "I'm really thankful I got to be a part of it. It's a decision that changed my life and I'd make it a million times over. Really thankful to be a part of that group and I know it's a huge part of why we're having this conversation right now."

In L.A., Stick is expected to break from the Wentz footsteps he has followed. Unlike the Philadelphia Eagles second overall pick in 2016, Stick will have the luxury of learning behind a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers.

The Chargers added Tyrod Taylor as a backup this offseason as well. Stick will join Rivers and Taylor in the quarterback room where he is expected to have the chance to develop.

"I really enjoyed my time visiting with [the Chargers] and taking a visit out to their facility and talking football and getting the chance to meet different people in the building," Stick said. "I really enjoyed it. And then to think, just talking about the opportunity to learn from one of the best ever to do it. It's a pretty cool situation to walk in to and I'm really excited to be part of that room."

Fellow Nebraskan and former Bison Kyle Emanuel just announced his retirement from football after spending his career with the Chargers. Stick said he had the chance to catch up with Emanuel a few weeks back on a visit and is thankful to have him as a resource.

Emanuel of course isn't the only former Bison the Chargers are familiar with. The Chargers defensive coordinator is former Bison player and coach Gus Bradley.

The list continues to grow too. Former Bison center Tanner Volson will head West with Stick after agreeing to a preferred free agency deal with the Chargers Saturday evening.