From The RamCave: May 2, 2022

By Joe Torosian

Rams Draft Picks and Undrafted Free Agents.

Name Position College Notes:
Logan Bruss–R3/104 Guard Wisconsin  Always take a Badger OL.
Decobie Durrant–R4/142 CB South Carolina St. Bit of a reach.
Kyren Williams–R5/164 RB Notre Dame
Quentin Lake–R6/211 S UCLA Son of Carnell Lake.
Derion Kendrick–R6/212 CB Georgia Senior Bowl participant.
Daniel Hardy–R7/235 Edge Montana State Bit of a reach.
Russ Yeast–R7/253 OLB Kansas State
A.J. Arcuri–R7/261 Tackle Michigan State

Review: 
Depth, depth, and more depth. Except for Bruss and Arcuri, expect all of these picks to excel on special teams—provided they make the roster. This draft was all about adding depth.

Bruss could start.

Durrant and Williams could both see time in rotations. With Troy Hill, Robert Rochelle, and David Long Jr. in front of him, it may be tougher for Durrant to see the field. Given Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson’s injury history, Williams seeing significant action is a definite possibility.

Hard to see any room for Dont’e Deayon or Sony Michel to return.

The Rams did not draft a tight end or interior defensive linemen…meaning they like what they already have.

TE: Tyler Higbee, Kendall Blanton, Brycen Hopkins
IDL: Aaron Donald, A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Marquise Copeland, Jonah Williams, Michael Hoecht, and Bobby Brown III.

Troy Hill

Troy Hill Returns:
Hill’s return (for a 5th in next year’s draft) add’s depth. He will play, but to hand him a starting position is tough to buy. Out of 116 cornerbacks graded by Pro Football Focus in 2021, Hill ranked 74th. Lower than the departed Darious Williams and Dont’e Deayon and lower than the current Ram—Long.

Hill is excellent against the run, but in coverage, he was 98 out of 115. He’ll be 31 when the season starts and will contribute. But after starting only four out of 14 games in Cleveland, I’d be wary about penciling him in as a full-time starter in 2022.

Undrafted Free Agents:

Name  Position College Notes:
Daniel Isom DB Washington State
Jairon McVea S Baylor
Duron Lowe CB Liberty
Kier Thomas Edge Florida State
Brayden Thomas Edge North Dakota State
Jake Hummel LB Iowa State
Cameron Dicker K Texas Senior Bowl Participant.
Jack Snyder G San Jose State 6-5/310
Roger Carter FB Georgia State
Elijah Garcia DT Rice 6-5/302

On This Date:
The Dutchman, Norm Van Brocklin, passed away in 1983 at 57.

The Hall of Fame quarterback shared quarterback duties with Ram legend Bob Waterfield early in his career. 

In the 1951 NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns, Waterfield started. But it was Van Brocklin’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Tom Fears that proved to be the game-winner, 24-17.

In that same season (9/28/51), Van Brocklin set the single-game record for passing yardage with 554yds. A record that still stands.

After the 1957 season, Van Brocklin retired and returned a few months later (sound familiar?). But he didn’t want to play for Ram HC Sid Gillman and wanted more control of the offense. In May of 1958, he was dealt to Philadelphia for two players and a number one pick.

(The pick, #2 overall in 1959, was Dick Bass, the centerpiece of the Rams rushing attack throughout the 1960s.)

Van Brocklin led the Eagles to the NFL title in 1960 and then retired. Later he was the head coach for both the expansion Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons.

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Cliff Frazier

In 1977, on this date, the Rams sent an undisclosed draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for former UCLA star Cliff Frazier. 

Frazier was part of Dick Vermeil’s 1975 UCLA team that defeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. 

Originally drafted #41 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1976, he was dealt to Philly. After not playing the 1976 season the Eagles traded Frazier to the Rams, where he was waived in the final cut down.

Returning to Kansas City, he started 12 games for the Chiefs before calling it a career at the end of the 1977 season. Then turning to acting Frazier played in “North Dallas Forty” and was featured in the HBO series “First & 10.”

Frazier died in August 2014 of lung cancer at the age of 61.

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