The Browns on selected QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson with the 140th pick in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
A Las Vegas native, Thompson-Robinson was a five-year starter at UCLA and steadily improved across his college career. He built his best season in 2022 and completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,169 yards and 27 touchdowns — all of which were career-highs. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection in his third and fourth seasons.
"If you look at how he played last year versus the big step forward he took this year, I think that was a big piece of the puzzle," Browns area scout Dan Zegers said. "Then, how he performed at the East-West (Shrine Bowl) Game, how he performed at the combine, how he was in carrying himself in interactions with us. Those all played big pieces of the puzzle. I think that all comes together and makes us excited about taking a player like that at 140."
Thompson also has a knack for running the ball. He carried the ball 470 times for 1,827 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and scored 28 rushing touchdowns. He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground his final season.
"We all know the game has changed a lot, where mobility for the quarterback position is crucially important," Zegers said. "That's one of the pieces of Dorian's skillset that is admirable. He's very quick, he can escape, create plays with his legs. That is one of the things we really liked about his skillset."
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Thompson departed UCLA as the program's all-time passing leader in total offensive yards (12,537), completions (860), touchdown passes (88) and total touchdowns (116).
Thompson-Robinson becomes the fourth quarterback on the Browns' roster and joins Deshaun Watson, Joshua Dobbs and Kellen Mond.
"I think we all know how important the position is and we are always going to be looking, especially for that position," Zegers said. "I think it's just like any other position in the locker room, where the more competition you can add, the deeper you can be is a great thing. Every year, AB (Browns GM Andrew Berry) will make it a priority to do our due diligence on the quarterbacks. We're just fortunate that DTR was here at 140."
The Browns initially received pick No. 140 in a trade with the Rams during last year's draft that sent CB Troy Hill to Los Angeles.
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