If you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: The NFL is a coach and quarterback league. If you have one but not the other, or neither, you are most likely in for a tough time.
With that in mind, it explains why teams are constantly firing their coaches and constantly on the lookout for a quarterback. Interestingly, at least anecdotally recently, quarterbacks in the NFL draft have been separated into two categories:
- First round picks
- Other than first-round picks
For the Cleveland Browns, the trade for Deshaun Watson means that they will not be in the hunt for a quarterback for a while. That doesn’t assume that Watson will be great but that the team’s investment in him means they will give him every chance to be great over the next four seasons.
That doesn’t mean the Browns won’t be shopping for a quarterback. The importance of the position is one in which teams should never stop investing. Cleveland claimed Kellen Mond, a third-round pick in 2021, last year despite having Watson, Jacoby Brissett and Joshua Dobbs on the roster.
Dobbs, who was released to make room for Watson’s return from suspension, re-signed with the Browns this offseason to replace Brissett as the team’s backup. Cleveland has also had at least three quarterbacks in for visits in this year’s NFL draft cycle: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Clayton Tune and Jake Haener.
Editor’s Note: This profile was written prior to the Browns selecting DTR in the fifth round
As we continue our NFL draft profiles, Thompson-Robinson is the first quarterback to get a look:
6’2”, 203 pounds
Five Seasons: 63.3% completion, 10,710 yards, 88 TDs, 36 INTs, 1,826 yards rushing and 28 rushing TDs
Relative Athletic Score
Dorian Thompson-Robinson RAS so far.https://t.co/CB6QiNb4oa #RAS pic.twitter.com/DtCrX5Vjyq— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 5, 2023
Average “Big Board” Position
The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value
What an Expert is Saying
I've seen basically zero talk about Dorian Thompson-Robinson this draft season, so I just wanted remind people he's out there.— Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) April 7, 2023
QBs with DTR's arm and athleticism always get drafted. pic.twitter.com/DJso6XTdWY
DTR was my favorite Day 3 QB. He’s a lot of fun, and can add some value as a runner— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) April 29, 2023
Fit with the Browns
DTR’s fit with Cleveland should be very smooth and give Mond a run for his money to stick with the team. Thompson-Robinson has the arm and mobility, as well as a lot of experience playing out of the shotgun, that fits the offense expected to be built around Watson.
With an expensive roster, the Browns could use a cheap backup QB behind Watson after this season. A year with Watson and Dobbs should set up DTR to be just that starting in 2024.
Thompson-Robinson also has high school experience with new Browns WR Cedric Tillman:
Cedric Tillman's HS teammate https://t.co/n637XhVFqa— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) April 29, 2023
Browns Player Drafting Could Impact
Kellen Mond - Mond’s roster spot seems up in the air as fans didn’t get a chance to see him at all this year. He didn’t cost the team anything so the waiver claim made sense at the time but figuring out who will be Watson’s backup starting in 2024 is vital this year.
Grade - B
While fans might be looking for players that can help right away, teams are generally looking at value with their selections. DTR should give Cleveland a cheap, athletic backup to Watson starting in 2024. With a run on quarterbacks, the Browns couldn’t wait any longer to secure that.
What do you think about the Browns newest QB?