5 offensive prospects for Vikings to watch at the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl

(Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) Dorian Thompson-Robinson
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Dorian Thompson-Robinson – QB (UCLA)

The Vikings need to begin preparations for life without Kirk Cousins. He’s 34-years-old, and while he has proven extremely durable, he won’t be around forever. The Vikings could look to grab a mid-round quarterback and groom him for a season or two. A player they should be very interested in this week is UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson is an exciting quarterback who can take off and gain extra yardage on the ground. He may not possess a rocket arm, but he gets the ball where it needs to be and his ability to create extra time in the pocket, allowing his receivers to get open, is huge.

He was very productive during his time at UCLA, throwing for 10,710 yards with 88 touchdowns and just 36 interceptions.

Thompson-Robinson is the type of player that makes an ideal backup. He can come in with his ability to take off and run, keeping a defense on its toes, especially if they’ve been playing against a pocket passer.

While he’s got plenty to be excited about, he does have a fair amount of concerns. His mechanics are sloppy, as he tends to throw off his back foot more than he should. He will also pull the ball down too quickly and run instead of allowing the routes to develop.

Thompson-Robinson is an intriguing prospect who, at this point, is hard to say where he will come off the board. How he performs this week at the East-West Shrine Bowl and practices will help clear that up.