The Browns undoubtedly have a preferred style of quarterback.
Cleveland selected UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson with the 140th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Known by his initials (DTR), Thompson-Robinson matches what has become the archetypal Cleveland quarterback since the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson via trade in 2022. Thompson-Robinson has been known as a premier dual-threat quarterback since his high school days at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, and he arrived as a highly touted recruit to Westwood, California.
Thompson-Robinson's collegiate career never quite produced the success most envisioned for him, but he still set school records in starts (48), touchdown passes (88), total yards of offense (12,236) and total touchdowns (116). He earned honorable mention status in the Pac-12 in 2022, a season in which he ranked sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in completion percentage and finished as one of only two quarterbacks with 25-plus passing touchdowns and more than 10 rushing touchdowns.
Thompson-Robinson left UCLA as a two-time all-conference selection and will provide the Browns with what they've sought in all of their quarterbacks in the last year: an ability to find success with his arm and legs. He'll join a room that includes Watson, Josh Dobbs and Kellen Mond, and he'll attempt to battle for the backup job behind Watson. It's unlikely he'll ever become a legitimate starter, but he could fill a need for Cleveland as the Browns aim to build their offense around Watson's dual-threat abilities.