CB KeiVarae Russell – Notre Dame
Russell is very talented prospect, but character issues and lack of experience are why he will probably be a late round pick. It is really hard to predict where Russell could be draft. His talent level suggests he could be picked as early as the third round. However, his baggage will most likely hold him back. The Colts could entertain drafting him with their fourth round pick.
At Notre Dame, Russell quickly became the team’s top cornerback during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Unfortunately, he could not stay out of trouble off the field. He was involved in an academic scandal in 2014, which resulted in him being suspended for his entire junior season.
Throughout his suspension, Russell was on his best behavior and eventually earned back the trust of head coach Brian Kelly and the coaching staff. The university re-instated Russell for his 2015 senior season. As a result, he was one of their top defensive players in 2016.
Although Colts signed Patrick Robinson this offseason, they could always use more help in the secondary. They have shown a bit of interest in him. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was actually at Notre Dame’s Pro Day in person. Among all the prospects, Russell was one of the players Grigson watched closely.
Russell has enough physical strength to press receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also has the necessary speed and quickness to stay with opposing receivers. The Colts play a lot of man-on-man coverage with safety help over the top. Russell’s skills line up very well with the Colts’ defensive scheme.
Russell would be a solid pickup for the Indianapolis Colts. He has got a lot raw talent and can instantly fit into their defensive scheme. If Russell is available for the Colts to take in the fourth round, it will be hard for them to pass on him.
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