Clayton Tune NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Houston Quarterback Clayton Tune Scouting Report - 2023 NFL Draft

Name: Clayton Tune

School: University of Houston          

Year: Senior  

Position: Quarterback

Measurables: 6’ 2 ½”, 220 lb

Combine: 40-yd dash- 4.64, 10-yd split- 1.55, Vertical- 37.5”, Broad jump- 10’2”, Three-cone- 6.89, 20-yd shuttle- 4.25, Bench- DNP


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General Info:

Tune is a 24-year-old quarterback prospect who started the last 42 games at quarterback for the Cougars.

A three-star prospect out of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, Tune chose to stay with the in-state Cougars over multiple offers, including from Kansas and Ole Miss.

Tune saw limited action over five games as a freshman and to start his sophomore year, but went on to start the final seven games of the season as a sophomore. He finished 106-179 (59.2%) for 1,533 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Tune started all eight games of the COVID-shortened 2020 season, completing 170-285 passes (59.6%) for 2,048 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptionsIn 2021, Tune started 14 games. He completed 287-420 passes (68.3%) for 3,544 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

Tune used his extra year of eligibility to come back for a fifth season. He built on his strong campaign the year before and completed 334-496 passes (67.3%) for 4,074 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Added 544 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference. Was third nationally with 40 touchdown passes, which was also an AAC single-season record. Had a 92.0 PFF offensive grade, which was tied for highest QB nationally, but the was highest of any draft-eligible QB. Had a 91.3 passer grade, tied with Bryce Young for first in the country.

Tune scored a 9.81 on the RAS scale, only behind Anthony Richardson. Tune displayed elite speed and explosion grades on his RAS score.


Positional Skills:


Tune displays above average arm strength. On deep balls, he is able to throw the ball 50-plus yards with ease. Had one instance against Texas Tech in 2022 where the ball traveled 60 yards in the air while under duress for a completion. Has the velocity to put the ball through very tight windows, which he does often. Completed 90.4% of his screen passes, usually hitting his receiver in stride. The arm talent is there. Is very Patrick Mahomes-esque on some of his unorthodox throws. Had multiple instances of throwing while his feet were off the ground. Threw the fastest ball at the Senior Bowl (76 MPH).

Tune is an effective scrambling quarterback. He goes through his progressions well and if nothing is there, will tuck the ball and run. Is not afraid to fight for the extra yard. Has good vision on scrambles. Was sixth in the country with 55 scrambles, which was the highest mark amongst draft-eligible quarterbacks. Accounted for 35 first downs on the ground. Led all quarterbacks with 222 first downs responsible for.

Tune started the last 42 games, including the team’s bowl game–where he was named offensive player of the game. Was a four-year starter and three-time team captain. A lot of experience.

Tune shows above average pocket presence, and is at his best within the pocket. He has a very good rhythm to move up in the pocket. Didn’t run many play-action plays while at Houston, as they run the “air raid” system. Was effective in getting the ball out quickly on wide receiver screens. Would have had a higher compilation percentage, but his receivers had 31 drops on the season.


With all the big numbers and high grades he put up, Tune still needs some refining.

Tune has very good pocket presence, but when he is under duress, he will often hold onto the ball too long. Instead of throwing it away, Tune will often try to make plays with his arm strength or athleticism, leading to turnovers or near turnovers. Many of his interceptions came as a result of trying to force a ball instead of throwing it away. Also, with his gunslinger mentality of trying to squeeze the ball into tight windows, he often has balls deflected at a higher than average rate.  Often looked more timid and less polished when making throws outside the pocket.

Tune doesn’t have a fumbling problem, per se, but he did put the ball on the ground seven times in his career. Some analysts will say Tune has small hands at 9 ⅜”. In his defense, though, Tom Brady also has 9 ⅜” hands, and quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes’ hands are smaller than that. Grip could be a problem in certain situations for Tune–especially in the cold Green Bay weather months–but it doesn’t seem to hinder the aforementioned superstars.

Tune was the beneficiary of the second-highest rated pass-blocking offensive line in the country, per PFF. If Tune is under duress as I mentioned before, he tends to force plays. Tune will either need to be the beneficiary of an elite offensive line in the pros, or work on his decision-making. He is a much better player when he has time in the pocket, and is much better within the pocket. Was fourth in NCAA FBS in 2022 with an average time of 3.2 seconds to throw; may not get that kind of time in the NFL.   


Fit with the Packers:

With the Jordan Love era set to begin in Green Bay, the Packers are in need of depth at the quarterback position. Now that Aaron Rodgers is officially gone, the Packers have Love and practice squad player Danny Etling as the only two quarterbacks on the roster.

GM Brian Gutekunst loves athletic prospects, and Tune fits the profile. Tune was second only to projected top-10 pick Anthony Richardson in RAS score. Gutekunst salivates over highly athletic, later-round prospects.

Tune has starting experience, and is very athletic, and would be a perfect middle day-three prospect for the Packers to take a flier on. Currently projected as a sixth-rounder by PFF, the Packers could take a chance on Tune and let him learn under both Love and quarterback coach Tom Clements. He’s a developmental prospect at this point, but has great tools and athletic traits to mold, and Clements is a phenomenal artist when it comes to molding young passers.

Should Jordan Love get hurt, the Packers would need someone behind Etling. Tune played in an “air raid” system in college, throwing a lot of quick hitters to receivers, perfect in a Matt LaFleur offense. I think Tune could not only become a serviceable backup, he also has starting potential in the NFL as a rookie if he’s within the right offensive scheme with the proper coaching.


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PeteK's picture

April 25, 2023 at 06:23 pm

Sixth round for a well rounded QB, excellent.

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splitpea1's picture

April 25, 2023 at 07:03 pm

I think Tune would be a perfect developmental prospect. He's already thrown around 1500 passes in his college career. If the Packers do end up drafting him, Clements will need to break his reckless tendencies (probably easier said than done). But the kid has plenty of talent.

The Packers sixth-round pick is in the later part of the round, so it may be tough to land Tune here. But the fifth-round pick is in the earlier part of the round, so we're kind of in no man's land unless we do some maneuvering or stand pat with the pick and use it on him.

2 points
relleum61's picture

April 25, 2023 at 07:09 pm

See if he falls to the 7th round, then let Clements work with him. Who knows, he could develop enough to get us a 4th or 3rd round pick down the road. Wolf took a qb every year and a number of them brought back enhanced draft capital. Perhaps it is time to return to that philosophy.

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mnbadger's picture

April 25, 2023 at 07:30 pm

what the heck, pick him in the 6th and develop him.
We're paying for a qb whisperer, put the two together and see what comes out.
Wasn't JHanson a 6th rounder?
Can't turn out worse than that.

1 points
MooPack's picture

April 25, 2023 at 07:54 pm

If the Packers can’t carry a Tune on the roster, they could get Sean Clifford from Penn State as very late 7th or an UFA. Similar RAS and one of their visits. Plus Intelligence, but accuracy and arm strength are limits for now.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 25, 2023 at 09:57 pm

I watched the Sean Clifford-Penn State era on the Big Ten network as they were on almost every week. He has average written all over him. Green Bay is only looking at him as a UFDA. He is a camp arm at the very best and not worth a pick.

Clayton Tune is another story. He has talent and would be a great backup with the upside of turning into a starter if Love doesn't pan out. (although I think he will) I targeted Tune for this role early, but he won't last past the 4th round. There just aren't that many good QB prospects this year past the Top 5.

Better options that will be available for GB later will be Dorian-Robinson-UCLA, Tyson Bagent-Shepard and another small school QB Holten Ahlers-East Carolina who apparently GB has shown some interest in. He is a pretty decent looking lefty QB. These 3 are just below Tune in talent. We don't have enough mid round picks to get Tune so the others would be more realistic later options with upside.

Another great option is playing in the USFL and was Romeo Doubs QB @ Nevada. Carson Strong was projected to be an early 2nd round QB pick last year, but didn't get drafted because of knee concerns. Supposedly he had the best arm in the draft. He is 6'4 225lbs. and threw for 4200 yards with 36 TDs and 8 INTs. I watched video and his knee seemed fine as he moved well and can really throw on the run. He would be a perfect guy to bring to camp. Cheap and a lot of upside. He actually looks better than Tune and comes without spending a draft pick. GB should definitely have him on their radar. Especially with our lack of money to spend. I hope we don't have to talk about having no money next year.

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KarenToddRD's picture

April 28, 2023 at 05:37 pm

Clayton would be a perfect fit for Green Bay! He is a legacy player- his Great Great Uncle- Jimmy Lawrence played for Green Bay in 1939 when they won the NFL Championship!

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