5 quarterbacks with dynamic traits the Panthers could target in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could target Clayton Tune

If the Carolina Panthers go in a different direction with their first-round selection, then thinking outside the box is something to consider. While many prospects entering the NFL next year are generating superior buzz, Clayton Tune put together a nice senior season at Houston and might be an option to consider lower down the pecking order.

Tune has plenty of starting experience and demonstrated growth with every passing year. The signal-caller achieved his objective of leaving a bigger mark in 2022, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,845 yards, 37 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and an impressive passer efficiency rating of 158.0.

Another area of Tune’s game that often gets overlooked is mobility. The prospect doesn’t have what would be described as elite speed, but he is elusive enough to escape pressure and make things happen on the move when called upon.

This area of Tune’s production also took a leap forward this season to the tune of 489 rushing yards and five scores. So this will be a player worth monitoring closely at the 2023 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Tune has some upside, but poise in the pocket is a concern and there is too much risk-taking that will get punished against NFL-caliber defensive backs. The Panthers should do their due diligence, obviously, but those in power could look elsewhere given the increased urgency to finally get things right under center.