The Arizona Cardinals are expected to have a bit tough time at quarterback during the 2023 NFL season.
Kyler Murray is currently recovering from an ACL tear, which is expected to keep him out until the middle of the season.
That will leave the Arizona Cardinals with Colt McCoy and 5th round QB Clayton Tune to start the season.
While that certainly seems less than ideal, it seems Tune might feel a bit differently.
According the Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman, Tune told reporters that he is the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.
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“I think I’m the best quarterback in this class and God’s got a plan for me,” Tune said. “If you look at my body of work, the effect that I have on my team that I play on, I elevate everyone around me. I’m a natural leader, people follow me and see the work that I’m putting in and the mindset that I have, and they want to follow suit. I have that no-flinch mentality when things get going tough. Those are some of the intangible things, and then being able to make every throw on the field, being able to make plays off schedule and being more mobile than people realize.”
Having confidence in your abilities as a player is one thing, but this is just ridiculous.
Tune was a very good player for Houston the past couple of years, but he wasn’t all that impressive during his first 3 years as a college QB.
Meanwhile, CJ Stroud and Bryce Young were putting together more impressive seasons earlier in their college careers. Tune didn’t put together a standout season until his 4th year at the college level. Stroud and Young didn’t need 4th years to convince teams to draft them with this year’s 1st 2 picks.
Tune can earn the chance to prove himself right while Murray is recovering, but it would be very surprising to see a late-round QB break out for a second consecutive year.