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Potential Chargers draft target: Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes scores a first half touchdown against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Rice-Eccles Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes scores a first half touchdown against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Rice-Eccles Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes runs for a first down against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes runs for a first down against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

With many Chargers fans looking towards the 2020 NFL Draft and the possibility of drafting a quarterback of the future, it’s time to start identifying potential fits. University of Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley belongs in that conversation.

The Los Angeles Chargers need to address the quarterback position this offseason. Even if the  Chargers all-time great Philip Rivers does decide to come back for one more season, they need an heir apparent. While they could certainly try and draft Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts or another quarterback they like in the first round, it is also possible they wait until later to draft another developmental quarterback to compete with Easton Stick. Should they decide to wait until the later rounds, Tyler Huntley would be a great fit for the Chargers.

The former Hallandale High School (FL) standout has been a four-year starter for the University of Utah. On the season he has thrown for 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding another 221 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. So while he is not the flashiest quarterback in the country and doesn’t put up the gaudy numbers that guys like Joe Burrow or Justin Fields do, he does excel in every area you could possibly want as a quarterback.

The Utes’ offense is predicated on running the football and having an efficient passing game. This is where Huntley is shining. He is currently the second most accurate quarterback in the entire country, with a completion percentage of 74.2 percent and only one interception to show for it. He is the eighth-highest graded quarterback per Pro Football Focus. He is also the fifth-highest ranked quarterback in QBR, per ESPN. He is doing all of that while being second in yards per attempt at 11.1 YPG, so it’s not like he is dinking and dunking all game long either. The only quarterback that’s been more efficient than Huntley so far this year has been Burrow, the likely Heisman winner and number one overall pick in next year’s draft.

Huntley is one of the most underrated prospects in recent memory and has become one of the most efficient and clutch quarterbacks in the country. Thankfully, he has slowly received more and more recognition as Utah climbs higher and higher in the CFB rankings. He has proven that he deserves a shot in the NFL and could be a very intriguing prospect for any team. The following slides will showcase his strengths and how he can excel at the next level.

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