The Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl.
The Rams’ social media staff definitely won the Best NFL Draft Hype Video with their film “On The Clock,” especially because the Rams failed to have a first or second round pick:
But did the Rams win the Draft?
Projecting the Rams 2022 draft picks is an inexact science. Is there a Hall of Famer in the bunch? You never know. People didn’t think much of that Brady guy when he was a sixth-round pick. The Rams would be happy to get a starter or two out of this bunch.
Here’s a closer look at the Rams 2022 draft class.
Logan Bruss – Offensive Guard – Wisconsin (Round 3, Pick 104)
With the retirement of Austin Whitworth and Austin Corbett moving on in free agency, the offensive line was the biggest need for the Rams.
Bruss, 6-5, 319-pounds, comes out of Wisconsin which is known for big, burly, ground-and-pound offensive hogs. He started at right tackle and right guard for the Badgers but may project more as a guard with limited footspeed. He wasn’t projected to go this high by scouts, but the Rams jumped on him.
Head coach Sean McVay said:
“Bruss is going to be a guy who comes in and immediately continues to compete and raise the standards in that room. He’s our kind of guy. He’s going to come in immediately and compete to start at right guard.”
Decobie Durant – Defensive Back – S. Carolina State (Round 4, Pick 142)
Durant is the first SC State alum drafted since 2018. The team won the MEAC title (The Rams, like other teams, always like players from winning programs). Durant ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Combine.
The knock on him is the lack of quality competition in college, but Durant had two interceptions against Clemson and played in the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas where he made two tackles and broke up a pass. He had 12 interceptions in his college career.
Kyren Williams – Running Back – Notre Dame (Round 5, Pick 164)
Of all the Rams draft picks, Williams may be best suited to contribute right away. The Rams traded up to get him, swapping fifth round picks and throwing a seventh rounder to the Raiders.
He ran a 4.65 at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical leap. He ran for over 1,000 yards with the Fighting Irish as a junior and sophomore, and maybe the best thing is he caught 42 passes last year. The Rams love that versatility in their running backs.
Quentin Lake – Defensive Back – UCLA (Round 6, Pick 211)
Quentin is the son of former Steelers star safety Carnell Lake and played at UCLA. He was considered one of the PAC-12’s top safeties after making three interceptions and 54 tackles.
He plays a lot like his Dad, with good box safety skills and good size at 6-1, 201 pounds. Footspeed and coverage skills are a concern.
Derion Kendrick – Cornerback – Georgia (Round 6, Pick 212)
In today’s NFL with four- and five-wide receiver sets, you can never have enough guys who can cover. Kendrick was one of a record 15 Georgia players drafted. He led the national champs with four picks in 15 starts and was Orange Bowl MVP when Georgia stomped Michigan.
Off the field, Kendrick ran into some issues.
He started his career at Clemson as a wide receiver and was shifted over to the defensive side of the ball after his freshman year. He missed three games with Clemson for disciplinary reasons and was arrested on unlawful gun and marijuana possessions charges (charges were expunged after pre-trial intervention program).
Daniel Hardy – Linebacker – Montana State (Round 7, Pick 235)
An absolute Prospect. Capital P.
The 6-foot-2, 239-pound Hardy started his college career in the California Community College Athletic Association, playing for the College of Siskiyous in Weed, California. He transferred to FCS power Montana State, who didn’t play in all of 2020 because of COVID.
Last year, Hardy helped the Bobcats to the FCS Championship game and ranked second with 24.5 tackles for loss in the FCS. However, he’s still raw and undersized to be an edge rusher in the NFL. He has Practice Squad written all over him.
Russ Yeast – Defensive Back – Kansas State (Round 7, Pick 253)
Yeast is the son of Craig Yeast, who played for the Bengals, Jets and in the CFL. He started his college career at Louisville where he played both corner and safety. As a grad transfer he enrolled at Kansas State and he led the Wildcats with four interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.
Just 5-foot-10 and 192 pounds, matching up against big NFL wide receivers is a concern, but remember, you can never have enough guys who can cover.
AJ Arcuri – Offensive Tackle – Michigan State (Round 7, Pick 261)
Mr. (Almost) Irrelevant, Arcuri was the second-to-last pick in the NFL Draft. He’s another prospect with good size at 6-foot-7 and 308 pounds who probably needs to get stronger. He started 13 games for the Spartans in 2021, eight at right tackle and five at left. On the offensive line, versatility is always a plus.