Chargers Draft

Potential Chargers draft target: Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley

By Steven Haglund
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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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 02: Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes warms up prior to taking on the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 02: Tyler Huntley #1 of the Utah Utes warms up prior to taking on the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Chargers draft target: Huntley’s pocket awareness

If you are familiar with Huntley and the Utes, you know that an area where he really excels is his ability to manipulate the pocket and make plays for his teammates. This has been one are where Ute fans have seen the most improvement, because he used to just feel the pressure and take off to try and run for first downs. Against, USC when their star running back Zack Moss went down with injury, they really shifted more towards a pass-first offense, and Huntley put on a pocket awareness clinic. You could tell the USC defense was really frustrated because he was constantly avoiding sacks and making plays for first downs.

Heading into the meat of their season, Huntley actually got injured and was clearly not 100 percent athletically. He gutted it out anyway and put out some of the gutsiest performances out there, showing off how much he loves the game and his team. The clip below is a clip from when they played against Cal.

https://twitter.com/utahathletics/status/1188283162587066368?s=20

Check out how he was able to corral the bad snap, evade pressure to his right and make a clutch throw across his body to the running back for a big gain. There have been countless times this season where he manages to feel the pressure, slyly evade it and calmly drop a dime into the perfect location for his receiver. This is a quality that every NFL quarterback needs in order to deal with all the great pass rushers in the league.

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