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With the 253rd pick in the 2022 draft, the Rams once again added depth to their secondary as they draft safety Russ Yeast out of Kansas State. 

After Darious Williams signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Robert Rochelle’s 2021 progress was cut short by injury the Rams found themselves suddenly very lean in the defensive backfield. To address the obvious holes the Rams drafted four defensive backs in the 2022 draft. In addition to the 2022 draft, the Rams welcomed back Troy Hill by sending a fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns. Russ Yeast is one of the rookies that have the opportunity to find a role either as a backup or special teams contributor.

Defensive Backs Selected In The Rams 2022 Draft

Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina State

Quentin Lake, S, UCLA

Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

Russ Yeast, S, Kansas State

Played Safety at Kansas State

Yeast was solid for the Wildcats in 2021, racking up 47 tackles on the season, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He would also total four interceptions on the season, also breaking up 10 passes as he showed flashes of what could develop into a key depth piece for the Rams. 

Yeast has that versatility to be used as a blitz key out of the slot can play zone coverage underneath, and is a decent tackler. All of those things he is still learning to get better at, which is why he was picked in the seventh round. That being said, he’s a great athlete and offers a lot of potential and upside for good things in the future.

Yeast Is A Quick Study

He also worked extremely hard in the classroom to earn not just one degree, but two. The Rams rookie tweeted this week that he earned his master’s degree, a huge accomplishment for the seventh-round pick.

Football Bloodlines

Yeast’s father, Craig, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bengals in 1999 and played three NFL seasons – two with the Bengals and one with the Jets. Craig later played four seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats from 2002-06. He was the head football coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College, a position he held since December 2018. He now is the head coach of the Mercer County Titans. His mother, Tori (Tillman) Yeast, is a former basketball player for the University of Kentucky.

More Than A Safety

Yeast played all over the defensive backfield for K-State. Much like the roles of Terrell Burgess and Jordan Fuller for the Rams, Yeast is a hard-hitting DB, with the ability to play close to the line of scrimmage and has the speed and athleticism to cover in the slot. In high school, Yeast played RB/WR which adds to his versatility as a returner as well.

With the Rams remaking their defensive backfield, Yeast certainly will have the opportunity to contribute. I look for him to make the cut as a special teams player and then, as in all rookies, we will see how he progresses.

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