2020 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Tyler Huntley
School: The University of Utah
Weight: 200 pounds
In the NFL, a good offensive coordinator will see this abundant tool as a way of crafting the game plan to Huntley. With his agility and explosion, rollouts and the ability to move the pocket will make defenses pay. During his run at Salt Lake City, Huntley blurred by rushers and defenders as a whole. The Utes called an overwhelming number of designed runs for him. At the next level, he should use this skill to bolster his passing as well.
Huntley needs to exercise patience more. Granted, he can escape the rush by bolting for positive yardage. On the other hand, he must understand that occasionally staying behind the line of scrimmage could yield bigger plays down the seam. On an intangible note, Huntley stares down the barrel and will take the hit to deliver the pass.
With Huntley, the ball gets to the receiver. In the NFL, this trait needs to expand. The pass must find the receiver with no hesitation or deliberation. With that said, Huntley offers enough of a foundation to build nuance and technical adjustment.
Despite using his legs to scare defenses, Huntley can spin it. The ball gets downfield without waggle or ducktail. In all honesty, the ability to find the target in small spaces or downfield should surprise. Given his frame, his arm ranks as a surprise.
In analyzing Huntley’s approach, we need to separate the halves. First, up top, he uses a quick rotation and delivery to get the ball out of his hands. Unfortunately, Huntley needs to clean up the footwork, in relation to the dropback. Athletically, Huntley can erase this technical issue with hard coaching and drilling. On deep outs, the ball drifts, due to slight steps.
Can you think of an era in Raiders recent history that the team employed a quarterback without a threat to scare defenses? Carson Palmer loved the deep ball. Terrelle Pryor could break the pocket with his legs. Derek Carr possesses the ability to do both. Yet, he won’t do either. No one is saying Tyler Huntley starts the first game in Las Vegas. In fact, he’s a Day Three selection. Carr may not even be the starter. Huntley’s fit hinges on Jon Gruden, taking the time to mentor a young quarterback that could pay dividends this season without taking starter reps.
The Las Vegas Raiders lack offensive athleticism. Granted, Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller infuse gamebreaking ability into the scheme. Yet, the rest feels rather stunted developmentally. Huntley poses little threat to whomever the starter will be in 2020. However, he would give the Raiders a boost of needed dynamic play. Is he ready to start now? No. Yet, with a limited initial package introduction, Huntley would keep teams off-kilter and guessing. Meanwhile, Jon Gruden could build Huntley into a starting-caliber quarterback. In the mold of Jeff Garcia, framewise, but with a better arm, Huntley’s ability to throw the ball vertically prevents the stacking of the box when he’s in the game.