The Rams draft is finally over, and with no first or second round pick it was business as usual for Les Snead, as he found value in the later rounds of the draft. This particular draft class was defense heavy headlined by 4 defensive backs. That should be indicative of how the defense should function next year, and the futures of Taylor Rapp and the rest of the secondary. Let’s breakdown each pick, and what role they’re likely to have on the team next year.
Logan Bruss OG Wisconsin
Starting with their first pick, Logan Bruss was a pretty good start to the draft. After Austin Corbett left in free agency, the right guard spot should be open for competition. Bruss should be the front runner as of now, with only 1 sack allowed since 2019 according to PFF. He’s a solid lineman with no real overall strengths, but should be ready to start from day one.
Decobie Durant CB South Carolina State
Here’s a pick I mentioned the Rams should make in my other article, a corner opposite Ramsey. Durant is a ball hawk corner, and reminded me a lot of Troy Hill, who the Rams traded another pick for today. LA’s secondary depth should be deep next year, and there should be a good competition for who gets the starting roles come training camp.
Kyren Williams RB Notre Dame
Here’s another position I was sure the Rams were drafting. There’s too many questions regarding the current running back room’s injury history, so adding a cheap rookie was definitely the way to go. Kyren Williams is a great pass protector, and is very shifty. I think he can be a good rotational back, and eventually take on a bigger role if the Rams don’t re-sign Henderson.
Quentin Lake S UCLA
Quentin Lake was a solid starter during his time at UCLA, and his versatility should go great in the Rams system. I compared him to Anthony Harris in my other article, as he’s a great tackler. The Rams allowed the highest completion percentage in the NFL last season on throws inside the numbers (78.8%), according to ESPN Stats & Information, so someone that can tackle is what they need. He lacks great speed but his tackling ability should help cut down the missed tackles that plagued the team. I’d expect him to play a role on special teams to start the year, but be included in certain packages throughout the season.
Derion Kendrick CB Georgia
Kendrick is a converted WR, and brings even more depth to the corner position. Kendrick had four interceptions last year, that was tied for third in the SEC. I wouldn’t expect to see him in a large role his first year, similar to Robert Rochell last year.
Daniel Hardy OLB Montana State
Hardy should come into a OLB room that lost Von Miller this past offseason to provide depth. Last season, Hardy started all 15 games and had 77 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss. He’s a great athlete and should be used in a rotation on the defensive line.
Russ Yeast S Kansas State
Rounding out the rookie DBs is Yeast, who had 4 interceptions last season, the 2nd most in the Big 12. He’s started at corner and safety so yet another versatile defender for the Rams. He’s physical and tough for that role but moves like a corner with good speed. He’s another young DB for the Rams that follows a trend of drafting safeties in late rounds. I don’t think he’ll be used much in his rookie year.
AJ Arcuri OT Michigan State
Rounding out the draft class is Arcuri, who I’ve seen in person at the NFLPA Bowl, and was pretty impressed with. He tested well, and did well in the Hula Bowl which helped his draft stock. He’s inconsistent, but if he develops properly could be a good replacement tackle. He’ll most likely contribute on special teams with Joe Noteboom being his ceiling.