February 20, 2024

Cleveland Browns post-draft scouting report #5: UCLA Bruins star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson

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Profile: Dorian Thompson-Robinson was born on November 14th, 1999 in Columbia, SC. DTR had attended Bishop Gorman High School, where he thrown for over 3,000 yards and scored passing 38 touchdowns as a senior.

As a four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247Sports recruiting services, and Dorian Thompson-Robinson eventually committed to play college football for the University of California Los Angeles.

During his five-year tenure at UCLA, Dorian Thompson-Robinson thrown for 88 passing touchdowns, 10,710 passing yards, and an 145.6 passer rating – not to even mention his 1,826 rushing yards for 28 rushing touchdowns.

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Age: 23 years old

Height/Weight: 6’2, 203lbs

Arm Length: 30 5/8

Hand Size: 9 7/8

NFL Combine Results: 40-yard dash: 4.56 / 10-yard split: 1.51 / 3-cone drill: 7.28 / Vertical Jump: 32.5” / Broad Jump: 10’1”


2023 NFL Draft:
Drafted by the Cleveland Browns at 140th overall (5th round)

Ideal Role: Fits perfectly as a developmental QB in the spread offense system
 

Strengths:

  • Showcases outstanding speed as a running QB, he’s got the ability to make defenders look absolutely silly when given the chance
  • Experience is a major plus; five-year starter at UCLA and by all accounts, is an excellent leader on-and-off the football field
  • When passing, Dorian Thompson-Robinson displays a quick release and above average arm strength
  • Average sized NFL QB at 6’2, 203lbs, yet is a spectacular athlete specimen shown with his 4.56 40-yard-dash
  • Battled through injuries throughout his college career, as UCLA head coach Chip Kelly called him “The toughest kid I’ve ever been around”

Weaknesses:

  • Inconsistent with his timing and touch when throwing the football; feet are not properly set when making throws which play a huge part
  • Takes too many sacks for his own good, could get him killed in the NFL if he doesn’t fix that
  • When pressured in the pocket, he gets punished due to bad pocket presence
  • Ball security is a huge concern; as DTR had 10 fumbles in 2022 alone and 39 fumbles throughout his five year college football career

Career Achievements: 2020 Manning Award watch list, 2x Second-team All-Pac-12 (2020, 2021)

Fun Fact: Dorian Thompson-Robinson was high school teammates with Browns rookie WR Cedric Tillman while at Bishop Gorman High School.

DTR Draft Comparison: Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl QB Tyler “Snoop” Huntley

Final Verdict: B- Grade; He’s going to be a difference maker for the Cleveland Browns for years as a developmental talent, I truly believe that DTR would shine if the unfortunate situation happens that Deshaun Watson gets injured.

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