Dorian Thompson-Robinson was the record-setting quarterback at UCLA. He is experienced and has made some great plays for the Bruins.
In the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns were eager to take the shot.
The Browns took Thompson-Robinson in the fifth round with the 140th overall pick. He will have a shot at fighting for the backup spot behind Deshaun Watson. The Browns also have Joshua Dobbs and Kellen Mondt on their roster.
Thompson-Robinson is an NFL rookie but has plenty of experience playing high level football. He played in 50 games over five seasons with UCLA. He set UCLA records for total offense (12,536 yards), passing yards (10,710), completions (860), total touchdowns (116) and TD passes (88).
Thompson-Robinson isn’t that big (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) and his athleticism didn’t jump off the testing page at the NFL scouting combine. His 10 interceptions last season were also a bit troubling. But he is a solid quarterback with the ability to make plays.
Watson probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He’s just 27 years old and Brown gave up a lot a year ago to acquire him in a trade. But backup quarterback is a valuable position. Thompson-Robinson was worth a fifth-round pick to the Browns.