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    Breaking down the eight NFL draft picks Rams made and how they fit
    BY GARY KLEIN
    STAFF WRITER
    APRIL 30, 2022 UPDATED 5:51 PM PT

    Los Angeles Times’ Rams beat writer Gary Klein examines every NFL draft pick by the team:

    Logan Bruss — Offensive lineman
    6 feet 5, 308 pounds, Wisconsin, Round 3, Pick 104

    Notable: Bruss played at Wisconsin, which produced Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein and left guard David Edwards.

    Last season: Bruss played a lot at right tackle but also has experience at guard.

    Why the Rams drafted him: With the departure of Austin Corbett to the Carolina Panthers, the Rams are in need of a starting right guard. Havenstein and Edwards both played as rookies and the Rams are counting on Bruss to be another “player” from the Wisconsin program.

    Decobie Durant — Cornerback
    5 feet 10, 180 pounds, South Carolina State, Round 4, Pick 142

    Notable: This is the second year in a row the Rams selected a cornerback from an FCS school. Last season, they chose Robert Rochell from Central Arkansas.

    Last season: Durant intercepted three passes and broke up 12. He and was voted first-team FCS All-American and the MEAC defensive player of the year.

    Why the Rams drafted him: The Rams needed depth in the secondary in the wake of Darious Williams’ departure as a free agent to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He joins a position group that includes cornerback Jalen Ramsey, David Long and Rochell.

    Kyren Williams — Running back
    5 feet 9, 194 pounds, Notre Dame, Round 5, Pick 164

    Notable: The Rams traded two picks to the Las Vegas Raiders to move up and select Williams, who grew up in St. Louis as a Rams fan. He said he dressed up as former Rams running back Steven Jackson for Halloween.

    Last season: Williams rushed for 1,002 yards and 14 touchdowns, and caught 42 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

    Why the Rams drafted him: The Rams did not re-sign Sony Michel, so Williams gives the Rams depth behind Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, who is entering the final year of his contract.

    Quentin Lake — Safety
    6 feet 1, 201 pounds, UCLA, Round 6, Pick 211

    Notable: Lake, who played at Santa Ana Mater Dei High, is the son of former Pro Bowl defensive back Carnell Lake.

    Last season: Lake had three interceptions and broke up six passes.

    Why the Rams drafted him: The Rams wanted more depth in a position group that includes Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp, Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess. Rapp and Scott are in the final year of their contracts.

    Derion Kendrick — Cornerback
    6 feet 1, 194 pounds, Georgia, Round 6, Pick 212

    Notable: Kendrick began his career as a receiver at Clemson before switching to cornerback and becoming an All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. He was removed from the program, reportedly for repeated violations of team rules, and transferred to Georgia before the 2021 season.

    Last season: Kendrick intercepted four passes, including two in a College Football Playoff semifinal victory over Michigan.

    Why the Rams drafted him: The Rams apparently can’t have enough cornerbacks. On a day when they drafted Decobie Durant and traded for Troy Hill, they added depth to the secondary and special teams.

    Daniel Hardy — Defensive end
    6 feet 2, 239 pounds, Montana State, Round 7, Pick 235

    Notable: Hardy played on a Montana State defense that also featured linebacker Troy Andersen, a second-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

    Last season: Hardy ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 24½ tackles for losses and 16½ sacks.

    Why the Rams drafted him: With the departures of Von Miller and Obo Okoronkwo, the Rams wanted depth opposite Leonard Floyd. Hardy will compete with Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis and Chris Garrett.

    Russ Yeast — Safety
    5 feet 10, 192 pounds, Kansas State, Round 7, Pick 253

    Notable: Yeast began his career at Louisville, where he played with Rams receiver Tutu Atwell, but played his final season at Kansas State and was selected All-Big 12 Conference.

    Last season: Yeast intercepted four passes and led the conference with 14 passes defended.

    Why the Rams drafted him: Yeast is expected to help augment special teams and provide the Rams with depth at safety along with fellow draftee Quentin Lake.

    AJ Arcuri — Offensive line
    6 feet 7, 308 pounds, Michigan State, Round 7, Pick 261

    Notable: Arcuri played both tackle spots, which could make him a versatile piece behind Joe Noteboom and Rob Havenstein.

    Last season: Injuries sidelined Arcuri early in his career but in 2021 he played every game for a Michigan State team that finished 11-2.

    Why the Rams drafted him: Offensive line depth was not a pressing issue, but Andrew Whitworth’s retirement created an opportunity for the Rams to develop more linemen.

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this Nick. It answered a question I had about Quentin Lake being related to Carnell as they both went to UCLA. If he's anything like his dad he's a ferocious hitter.

    Is Hardy our first Montana State pick or was Trumaine Johnson. Maybe Johnson went to University of Montana. Either way we hopefully found a solid OLB/DE.
    Last edited by mde8352gorams; -05-01-2022, 01:06 PM.

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    • #3
      Trumaine went to Montana (Big Sky)

      Ramming speed to all

      general counsel

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      • #4
        Late addition to the Rams 2022 newcomers.

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        FSU defensive end signs undrafted free agent
        deal with Los Angeles Rams


        The talented defensive end is heading to the west coast.


        FanNation
        By Nate Greer
        May 01, 2022


        One of the more confusing paths to the pros in this draft class has been former Florida State defensive end Keir Thomas. Being a notable name missing from the NFL combine after a strong senior season made the path harder, but Sunday he didn’t wait long as he's signed with the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

        Thomas was able to use the Covid year to pair with first-round pick Jermaine Johnson to form arguably the best defensive end combo in the ACC in 2021. He played in all 12 games for the Noles, accumulating 42 tackles for 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. His play allowed him to be named ACC Defensive Lineman of the week multiple times.

        He was hoping to have a big Pro Day but he was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury which more than likely prevented him from getting drafted.

        He joins one of the best defenses in the NFL with the Rams. Behind Aaron Donald and A’Shawn Robinson, the Rams have a young and inexperienced roster along the defensive line. Thomas will have to lean on his non-stop motor, better than average flexibility, and lateral quickness to make an impact once training camp starts.

        Thomas is one of the better undrafted free agents in 2022 and it will be fun to watch him work to earn a roster spot this fall.

        This youngster might have missed the party but he's got a valid ticket.

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        • #5
          Nice. Appears to be a solid body for camp that can push for a spot. After 2nd year man Earnest Brown, the Rams don't really have anyone of note behind Ashawn and AD. I actually thought the Rams might make a run at Morgan Fox since he's still FA after playing a short stint for Carolina.


          edit: After further review, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rams are grabbing Keir Thomas to compete for the olb spot.
          Last edited by KoaKoi; -05-02-2022, 10:30 AM.

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          • #6
            Koi, are you disparaging Marquis Copeland, who had the big interception in week 18 i believe and the up and coming Jonah Williams? I hear you loud and clear on veteran depth on the defensive line, but we do have a number of young linemen waiting for their turn. I knew we wouldnt be able to keep sebastian joseph day and i am bummed about that because i think he will be a very good starter for san diego.

            ramming speed to all

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              Originally posted by general counsel View Post
              Koi, are you disparaging Marquis Copeland, who had the big interception in week 18 i believe and the up and coming Jonah Williams? I hear you loud and clear on veteran depth on the defensive line, but we do have a number of young linemen waiting for their turn. I knew we wouldnt be able to keep sebastian joseph day and i am bummed about that because i think he will be a very good starter for san diego.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel
              Oh dear lord. Yes I guess I am! lol
              Perhaps if either of those guys stay off the practice squad for longer than a couple weeks I'll start remembering their names and consider them "of note".

              But truly, once I looked closer at Thomas, I really do think with his build and stats, as well as the depth at DE vs the depth at olb, that Thomas and the Rams will be better served with him competing at olb against Lewis, Hollins, and Garrett. So maybe I'm giving Copeland and Williams a little tiny insy winsy respect?

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                They’ll be quiet in the first round, per annual tradition, but part of the Rams’ recent success has included mid-round gems such as Tyler Higbee, Cooper Kupp, John Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day. General manager Les Snead isn’t shy about moving up, down, diagonally or between dimensions during a draft, so don’t count on the Rams picking where they’re scheduled to do so.

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                Round 2 (pick No. 52): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
                There’s no practical reason to believe the Rams will enter training camp with only Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and John Kelly at running back. Is there a chance they still might add a veteran back in free agency? Theoretically, yes, but the options and salary-cap space are dwindling.

                It’s doubtful that any running back will go in the first round, and it’s probable that Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins will be gone by the time the Rams make their initial pick. That’s fine, because in some ways, Edwards-Helaire makes the most sense.

                The Rams seemed to have some issues last season when Todd Gurley couldn’t find the perfect block. Edwards-Helaire doesn’t seem to need one. His burst and agility in tight spaces is extraordinary, and with his motor, he’s tough to bring down. The biggest issue is that Edwards-Helaire measures 5-foot-7 and 207 pounds, almost identical to the 5-8, 208-pound Henderson.

                Remember, though, that so much of coach Sean McVay’s genius in 2017 and 2018 was in his ability to “make it all look the same.” He lined the Rams up in 11 personnel on almost every play, but opponents never knew what was coming before the snap. Perhaps a combination of Henderson and Edwards-Helaire — with Brown as a shorter-yardage back — might bring that back to the Rams.

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