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Get to Know Clayton Tune

The Arizona Cardinals traded away quarterback Joshua Dobbs earlier this week to the Minnesota Vikings. This means that either Kyler Murray or Clayton Tune will get the start against the Cleveland Browns. Murray is listed as questionable heading into the game.

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Clayton Tune is a rookie who was the 139th pick of the 2023 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals out of the University of Houston.

Here are his stats from his time at the University of Houston.

Passing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
*2018 Houston American FR QB 5 59 117 50.4 795 6.8 7.4 8 2 126.6
2019 Houston American SO QB 7 106 179 59.2 1533 8.6 7.5 11 9 141.4
*2020 Houston American JR QB 8 170 285 59.6 2048 7.2 6.7 15 10 130.4
*2021 Houston American JR QB 14 287 420 68.3 3544 8.4 8.8 30 10 158.0
*2022 Houston American SR QB 13 334 496 67.3 4074 8.2 8.9 40 10 158.9
Career Houston QB 956 1497 63.9 11994 8.0 8.2 104 41 148.6

Tune put up impressive numbers during his collegiate career, so why did he have to wait until the fifth round of the draft to hear his name called?

According to NFL.com, Tune’s draft score was 5.86 which ranked him as a back-up. Here were his strengths and weaknesses heading into the draft according to this same report.

Strengths
  • Four-year starter and three-time team captain.
  • Proven ability to overcome adversity.
  • Works his feet to find platform deliveries when possible.
  • Patience and willing to work through progressions.
  • Uses rhythmic pocket climbs to secure his delivery.
  • Adequate drive power between the hashes when planted.
  • Maintains field scan when leaving the pocket.

Weaknesses

  • Footwork can be too undisciplined in the pocket.
  • Pressure tends to rattle the reads.
  • Might not trust his arm enough for fearless, tight-window throws.
  • Lacks anticipation and zip for consistent ball placement.
  • Release quickness can be sluggish.
  • Throws receivers against the sideline too often.
  • Accuracy plummets when forced to move his feet.

Now we don’t know how much of this has changed since he has been in the NFL. He has only had one passing attempt so far in his career. It was a horrible fake punt/fourth down attempt that didn’t go as planned.

This upcoming game against the Browns may be the chance that Tune has been waiting for to prove the scouts wrong.

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