Dorian Thompson-Robinson
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Thompson-Robinson with the Browns in 2023
No. 17 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1999-11-14) November 14, 1999 (age 24)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada)
College:UCLA (2018–2022)
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 5 / Pick: 140
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Passing attempts:112
Passing completions:60
Completion percentage:53.6%
TDINT:1–4
Passing yards:440
Passer rating:51.2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dorian Trevor Thompson-Robinson (born November 14, 1999), also known by his initials DTR, is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a two-time second-team all-conference selection in the Pac-12 (2020, 2021). He was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Early years

Thompson-Robinson was born on November 14, 1999, in Columbia, South Carolina, while his mother was working on her doctorate at the University of South Carolina.[1][2] He attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. A four-star recruit, Thompson-Robinson passed for 3,275 passing yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior, and he also rushed for 426 yards and 7 touchdowns. He committed to play college football at UCLA.[3]

College career

2018 season

Thompson-Robinson saw action in ten games in 2018, his freshman season at UCLA. Of those ten games, he took the first offensive snap in seven. In a 31–24 loss to No. 10 Washington on October 6, Thompson-Robinson completed 27 of 38 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. The following week, on October 13, Thompson-Robinson completed 13 of 15 passes in a 37–7 victory over California for an 86.6% completion percentage. This was third-highest completion percentage by a UCLA quarterback since 1980 in a game with at least 15 passes.

2019 season

Thompson-Robinson became the starting quarterback in 2019, his sophomore season. He started 11 of the 12 games that season, missing the Oregon State game with an injury. On September 21, Thompson-Robinson led the Bruins to a 67–63 comeback victory at No. 19 Washington State. Against the Cougars, Thompson-Robinson threw for 507 yards and five touchdowns, and he also ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. His 564 total yards against Washington State was a UCLA record for total offense by a player in a game. In the Bruins' rivalry matchup against USC on November 23, Thompson-Robinson generated 431 yards of total offense against the Trojans, which was the second-most ever by a Bruin in the UCLA–USC rivalry[4] and the ninth-best single-game performance in UCLA history.

In 2019, Thompson-Robinson amassed 2,701 passing yards and 198 rushing yards for a total of 2,899 yards of offense—the tenth-most for a UCLA player in a single season. His 25 touchdowns—21 in the air and four on the ground—also ranked tenth all-time in a single season for a UCLA player.

2020 season

Thompson-Robinson was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection during his UCLA career.

Thompson-Robinson was once again named the starting quarterback for the 2020 season, which was delayed and shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a season-opening 48–42 loss at Colorado, Thompson-Robinson completed 20 of 40 passes for 303 yards and four passing touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 109 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Thompson-Robinson's performance in the Colorado game made him the first Bruin ever to pass for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in a game.

Statistically, Thompson-Robinson saw a significant improvement over his sophomore season. He completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he also ran for 306 yards and three touchdowns. In the Bruins' December 12 matchup with No. 15 USC, Thompson-Robinson completed 83.3 percent of his passes for 364 passing yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also ran for 50 yards against the Trojans. He was named second-team All-Pac-12.[5]

2021 season

On December 21, 2020, Thompson-Robinson announced on Twitter[6] that he would return to UCLA for the 2021 season. He again earned second-team all-conference honors from Pac-12 coaches, finishing with 2,409 yards passing and 21 passing touchdowns, which ranked second in the conference.[7] He was named first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press.[8]

2022 season

On January 10, 2022, Thompson-Robinson announced on Twitter that he would return for a fifth season.[9] The NCAA had granted all 2020 fall athletes an additional year of eligibility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 2022 season opener against Bowling Green, he completed 32 of 43 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. In the same game, he also rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

College statistics

UCLA Bruins
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 10 8 1−7 112 194 57.7 1,311 6.8 7 4 122.3 50 68 1.4 0
2019 11 11 4−7 216 362 59.7 2,701 7.5 21 12 134.9 118 198 1.7 4
2020 5 5 2−3 90 138 65.2 1,120 8.1 12 4 156.3 55 306 5.6 3
2021 11 11 8−3 176 284 62.0 2,409 8.5 21 6 153.4 130 609 4.7 9
2022 13 13 9−4 266 382 69.6 3,154 8.3 27 10 157.1 117 646 5.5 12
Career[10] 50 48 24−24 860 1,359 63.3 10,695 7.9 88 36 145.5 470 1,827 3.9 28

Professional career

Thompson-Robinson with the Browns in 2023
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
203 lb
(92 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.56 s 1.51 s 2.66 s 4.44 s 7.28 s 32.5 in
(0.83 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

Thompson-Robinson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round with the 140th pick of the 2023 NFL draft.[13] The Browns received the 140th pick from the Los Angeles Rams after trading Troy Hill back to the Rams.

Thompson-Robinson made his preseason debut in the 2023 Hall of Fame Game, where he replaced Browns' backup quarterback Kellen Mond.[14] After a stellar preseason, Thompson-Robinson was named the backup quarterback behind Deshaun Watson, beating out Mond and Joshua Dobbs for the position with the latter being traded to the Arizona Cardinals.[15]

On October 1, Watson was ruled out in a game-time decision with a shoulder injury hours before the game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns named Thompson-Robinson the 35th starting quarterback for the Browns since their return to the league since 1999.[16] In his debut, he threw 19 of 36 for 121 yards and three interceptions. The Browns lost, 28–3.[17] He won his next start 13–10 over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, completing four of five passes on the final drive to set up a game-winning field goal. He completed 24 of 43 passes in the game for 165 yards and one interception.[15]

The following week against the Denver Broncos, Thompson-Robinson threw his first career touchdown pass, a two-yard score to tight end Harrison Bryant in the third quarter. Later in the game, Thompson-Robinson was knocked from the contest after a head injury from a hit by Baron Browning as he released the throw, which drew a penalty for a late hit. Cleveland lost the game 29–12.[18] He cleared concussion protocol ahead of Week 14 but was reverted to the backup role after the Browns announced Joe Flacco would be the team's starter the remainder of the season.[19] In Week 16, Thompson-Robinson briefly appeared during garbage time against the Houston Texans and injured his hip. He was later placed on injured reserve on December 26.[20]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2023 CLE 8 3 1–2 60 112 53.6 440 3.9 23 1 4 51.2 14 65 4.6 12 0 6 60 2 0
Career 8 3 1–2 60 112 53.6 440 3.9 23 1 4 51.2 14 65 4.6 12 0 6 60 2 0

Personal life

Thompson-Robinson's parents are Michael Robinson and Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson, a public health professor at UNLV. He has one brother and one sister.[4]

References

  1. ^ Brugler, Dane. "The Beast: 2022 NFL Draft Guide" (PDF). The Athletic. p. 14. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  2. ^ Hilbert, Evan (April 21, 2017). "Diary from mom: Dorian Thompson-Robinson's mother on visits, son's growing popularity". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Zucker, Joseph (April 23, 2017). "4-Star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson Announces Commitment to UCLA over Michigan". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Dorian Thompson-Robinson". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Kartje, Ryan (December 22, 2020). "USC's Talanoa Hufanga is chosen Pac-12 defensive player of the year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  6. ^ @DoriansTweets (December 21, 2020). "One more year" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Williams, James H. (December 7, 2021). "Kyle Philips leads UCLA's nine All-Pac-12 football selections". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Peterson, Anne M. (December 10, 2021). "USC's Drake London named AP Pac-12 offensive player of the year". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  9. ^ @DoriansTweets (January 10, 2022). "See you in 2022!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Dorian Thompson-Robinson". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dorian Thompson-Robinson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  12. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Dorian Thompson-Robinson College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  13. ^ "Browns select QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson with No. 140 pick in 2023 NFL Draft". clevelandbrowns.com. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Louallen, Doc. "Dorian Thompson-Robinson makes impressive debut in Hall of Fame game". clevelandbrowns.com. Retrieved December 28, 2023.
  15. ^ a b Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (November 25, 2023). "Dorian Thompson-Robinson leans on lessons from UCLA, high school to find NFL success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  16. ^ "Browns QB Deshaun Watson (right shoulder) won't play vs. Ravens; Dorian Thompson-Robinson to start". NFL.com. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  17. ^ Pluto, Terry. "For the Browns, it's welcome to reality for the defense and for DTR against the Ravens – Terry Pluto". Cleveland.com. Retrieved October 2, 2023.
  18. ^ "Broncos' surging defense gets three more takeaways in 29-12 win over Browns". ESPN.com. AP. November 27, 2023. Retrieved November 26, 2023.
  19. ^ "Browns' Dorian Thompson-Robinson: Used in packages". cbssports.com. Retrieved December 28, 2023.
  20. ^ Kinnan, Cory. "Browns place backup QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson on IR with hip injury". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 28, 2023.