Tyler Huntley has been a mainstay as quarterback for the Utah Utes over the past few seasons. Huntley led the Utes to an 11-3 record this season and helped gain the Utes an Alamo Bowl bid. Huntley is an intriguing draft prospect and he has an opportunity to improve his stock at the Shrine Bowl this weekend.
Huntley has an impressive list of positive attributes that will make scouts want to take a second look. Huntley uses his legs well to extend plays and is a dangerous runner. What stands out to me the most is Huntley’s arm strength. What surprised me the most in looking over his film with the Utes is that he does not lose accuracy on shorter to intermediate throws, the harder he throws the ball. Scouts over the years have gotten a look at what kind of playmaker Huntley is and have plenty of time to evaluate him as the process continues.
Areas where Huntley needs to improve is being more patient allowing his wide receivers routes to develop. Huntley’s accuracy on deep throws could use some fine tuning as well. Huntley has taken some hits the past few years, which can make scouts nervous when he takes off with the ball. I love that Huntley will fight for extra yardage but every now and then it is wise to slide or just to step out of bounds.
Huntley’s athleticism and strong arm make him an intriguing prospect. My draft projection for Huntley is currently a fifth-round selection but he has a shot of moving up with a good Shrine Bowl performance as well as strong performances at the pro day and combine. Keep an eye on Huntley, he has been one of my sleepers and I expect him to move up as the NFL draft gets closer.