NFL Draft: Eagles hold second visit with potential long-term answer at backup QB
Although the Eagles signed Marcus Mariota to back up Jalen Hurts in 2023, that won’t preclude them from evaluating quarterback talent in this year’s draft.
Philadelphia has always valued the position regardless of who the starter is, and they’re reportedly bringing in a dynamic dual-threat prospect for a top-30 visit:
Sources: @UCLAFootball quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to visit #Eagles visiting #Bengals today, visited #Browns, worked out privately for #49ers #Saints, attending #Raiders #Chargers local prospect days @KPRC2 #NFLDraft2023https://t.co/mTw5IGx8Ki— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 11, 2023
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This will mark the second time ‘DTR’ has met with the Eagles, as he interviewed with them at the NFL Scouting Combine back in March.
Across his five-year career at UCLA, Thompson-Robinson completed 63.2% of his passes and threw for over 10,000 yards with 88 TDs. Thompson-Robinson poses a similar build to Jalen Hurts (6’1 “, 205 lbs), and his rushing ability would allow the Eagles to utilize the same playbook if Hurts went down.
“UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson is an experienced quarterback who has had plenty of success with the Bruins over his career. He is a five-year starter who has steadily improved over the course of his career. Thompson-Robinson has just average size for the position but is an outstanding athlete who makes plays with both his arm and his legs.
While there is work to be done as a passer, there is no denying Thompson-Robinson has a fascinating skill set that an NFL team may want to get their hands on. He is outstanding as a runner, showing outstanding speed, change of direction, and instincts which make him a threat whenever he decides to pull the ball down and take off.
With the success other athletic quarterbacks who needed development as passers have had in recent seasons, Thompson-Robinson is more than worthy of a late-round flier—especially as he is an excellent leader and his football character is off the charts.” — via The Draft Network
Thomspon-Robinson saw his accuracy improve from 62% to nearly 70% during his final year at UCLA and has experience in a similar RPO system that the Eagles currently implement, rushing for a career-high 645 yards last season. If Roseman likes him enough, Philadelphia could select their new QB project on Day 3 of the draft.
UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson with the 68yd rush TD 🐻pic.twitter.com/3dRTKfUZPR— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 3, 2022
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