Dallas Cowboys Complete 7-Round Mock Draft: Rumors Edition

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Dallas Cowboys Round Five – Clayton Tune – Quarterback – Houston

There are talks about what Cooper Rush will do and how he could be looking for a starting gig somewhere. One of the things the Dallas Cowboys might want to do is find a backup quarterback to groom within the Mike McCarthy system and be ready should the Cowboys one day move on from Dak Prescott or he gets hit with another injury.

Tune shouldn’t be considered in starting contention for Dak, but insurance should something happen as a backup. Max Dugger is an option but was usually gone by the time this pick rolled around and the quarterbacks were getting thin.

Tune is an efficient quarterback who makes solid decisions both pre- and post-snap. Short and mid-range passes are accurate and decisive. While Tune isn’t the scrambler some may want, he has good pocket awareness and maneuvers well in the pocket.

While he isn’t a scrambler, he can run the option well enough to pick up tough yards. He reads the field well and has shown to understand both zone and man coverage from the defense and where the ball needs to be.

If there is a knock on Tune it comes from arm strength and accuracy on deeper passes. Once the ball gets beyond about 35 yards, the accuracy drops and it stems from the overall strength. As the pass gets deeper he tends to throw to locations and not pinpoint dimes.

He may not beat teams over the top, but he is smart enough and accurate enough to get the ball out quickly and into a receiver’s hands to matriculate down the field.