West QB- Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (6-1, 205)
With the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson is entering the league at the perfect time. Thompson-Robinson is the rare five-year starter, and in his first season with the program, UCLA won just three games but by 2022 they finished 9-4 and ranked No. 18. A former blue-chip recruit, DTR has been the catalyst for Chip Kelly’s turnaround of the Bruins.
DTR’s growth as a passer has been obvious after staring at quarterback for just one season in high school. He managed to throw for over 10,000 yards with 88 TDs and 36 interceptions to go with 1,826 rushing yards and 28 more scores during his time in LA.
Although still raw as a passer, DTR’s arm and mobility are enticing. He’s got the arm strength to rip tight window throws and push the ball deep outside the hashes but can struggle with touch and anticipation at times which impacts his accuracy. He also has a quick release and the footwork to operate in a muddy pocket while still being a threat as a runner.
A big week at the Shrine Bowl could be just what DTR needs to put himself into the conversation as a top-10 QB in the 2023 NFL Draft. At minimum NFL teams will be excited about his tools and potential as a developmental quarterback on Day 3.