3 potential backup quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns could target in the 2023 NFL Draft

Browns, Dorian Thompson-Robinson. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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UCLA, Dorian Thompson-Robinson. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

1. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

The biggest name on this list belongs to Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who spent five seasons at UCLA — earning a redshirt senior campaign thanks to playing just five games in 2020. He put up some great numbers for the Bruins, finishing with 10,710 yards, 88 touchdowns, and 36 picks.

He’s also a weapon as a runner, racking up 1,826 yards and 28 touchdowns, 12 of which came in 2022.

All the numbers look great for Thompson-Robinson but he’s still expected to be a late-round pick. Not only is he under-sized at 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds, but he struggles with accuracy despite having a cannon for an arm, as pointed out by Brentley Weissman of The Draft Network.

"“As a passer, Thompson-Robinson displays a compact and quick release. He surveys the field well and throws from a good base from his lower half up to his upper. Thompson-Robinson has excellent arm strength and velocity and shows the ability to drive the football into tight windows in all areas of the field. His accuracy is just average and his ball placement can be improved.” — Weissman, The Draft Network"

The accuracy concerns are legitimate but having a backup that can run a similar offense to Deshaun Watson could be huge for Cleveland. It’s also nice when they can lean on their running ability early in their career, which can get them into a rhythm.