49ers NFL Draft 2022: 4 quarterbacks who can back up Trey Lance

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Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Bruins
UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

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49ers NFL Draft Target No. 2: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

Late-end draft diamonds are likely to be the only quarterbacks the Niners target this year, although it’s surely possible they take a flier on one of those mid-round prospects if they wind up falling.

Cross off the idea of Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder or Georgia’s J.T. Daniels, though, as those middle-of-the-road prospects are likely to see their respective draft stocks increase leading up to Round 1 because of the thin nature of this year’s quarterbacking class.

One player who could rise, too, is UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who has put together a solid four-year stint as a starter and had some modest success in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense (yes, him, San Francisco fans).

Dorian Thompson-Robinson Passing Table
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
2018 UCLA Pac-12 FR QB 9 112 194 57.7 1311 6.8 6.6 7 4 122.3
2019 UCLA Pac-12 SO QB 11 216 362 59.7 2701 7.5 7.1 21 12 134.9
2020 UCLA Pac-12 JR QB 5 90 138 65.2 1120 8.1 8.6 12 4 156.3
2021 UCLA Pac-12 SR QB 11 176 284 62.0 2409 8.5 9.0 21 6 153.4
Career UCLA 594 978 60.7 7541 7.7 7.8 61 26 140.8

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 1/6/2022.

Additionally, Thompson-Robinson doubles as a rushing threat (he had 611 rush yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in 2021) and possesses the skills necessary to evade pressure within the pocket and extend plays.

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At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, there’ll be concerns about his size and whatever limitations those bring at the NFL level.

Thompson-Robinson’s arm isn’t in question. If anything, his decision-making process needs a lot of work for him to succeed at the next level, and at best, he’d be a project for at least the first two years of his career.

Still, for a late-round target, say in Round 6 or so, the 49ers could do worse for Trey Lance’s backup.