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2016 NFL DRAFT

KeiVarae Russell, CB

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Everett, WA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190 lbs.
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5052

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Russell is a good-sized specimen with the profile to match up with bigger, physical targets as well as smaller receivers who rely on speed. He is a willing run defender with NFL-level ball skills, leading the Irish in passes defended (nine) in 2013, the last time he took the field for Notre Dame.

IN OUR VIEW: After missing all of last year and taking a redshirt, Russell technically has two years of eligibility remaining, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he emerges as one of the nation's better cornerback prospects this season and top 100 draft pick.

--Dane Brugler (8/24/15)

Player Overview

After sitting out the 2014 season due to academic issues, Russell was cleared and reinstated by the NCAA to play for the Irish in 2015. And talking to those close to the program, he is "Mr. Motivation" behind closed doors as he works his way back up the depth chart.
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08/11/2015 - Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell is more worried about learning to trust his instincts again than knocking off rust as he returns to the football field after a season-long banishment. "It's like, 'OK, I've got to drive. Stop hesitating. Start doing what you do, you've been playing this game,'" Russell said. Russell was held out of practices last August while being investigated for possible academic dishonesty before eventually being suspended from the university for the year. He is still waiting to be cleared to play by the NCAA, although coach Brian Kelly is allowing him to practice because he believes Russell has done everything required to be eligible. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior said he never seriously considered leaving Notre Dame. "I feel like it'd be a coward move if I just left. I feel like I had stuff I had to finish as a leader and as a player. I had to come back. It was an easy decision," he said. "Because I felt like I didn't finish. I didn't show enough."

Another reason for coming back is he believes the Irish have a talented team that can make a run at a national title. "I want to be a champion," he said. "I want to win a ring." The Everett, Washington native was recruited to Notre Dame as a running back, but moved to cornerback before his freshman season started after Lo Wood sustained a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, leaving the Irish depleted at cornerback. Russell started every game as a freshman on a defense that led the Irish to the national championship game against Alabama. He's started all 26 games he's played in and was considered a candidate for captaincy last season. Russell was fifth on the team with 51 tackles in 2013 and led the Irish with eight passes broken up. - AP Sports

 

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