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Rams All-Pro reacts heavily to secondary moves, including Reunion

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On day two of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams bolstered their secondary — which pleased a certain All-Pro representing that entity.

And the Super Bowl 56 champions not only added a slew of new teammates for Jalen Ramsey, they also brought back a beloved former member of the “Rams House” in the process.

It’s not just a new DB going over to the Rams. There are five, including the well-known former Ram.

The Rams were drafted in order: Decobie Durant (No. 142 overall in the fourth round from South Carolina State), Quentin Lake (No. 211 overall in the sixth from UCLA), Derion Kendrick (No. 212 in the sixth from Georgia) and safety Russ Yeast (No. 253 in the seventh from the state of Kansas).

But it’s not just these new rookies that have energized the All-Pro cornerback. So does this move: The Rams trade with the Cleveland Browns to recapture slot cornerback Troy Hill.

Hill, who is from Ventura, California and played at nearby St. Bonaventure High School, was only a season away from the Rams in Cleveland. Before that, the nickel defensive back snagged all seven of his career interceptions with the Rams, per Pro Football Reference. He also delivered 29 of his 30 passing separations in a Rams uniform. While at Cleveland, Hill was limited to just four games total.

Ramsey took to Twitter to praise the moves.

“We’re doing some secondary moves today, love it @RamsNFL. Rams fans welcome Rook and welcome back Troy!” was an excerpt Ramsey tweeted.

But Ramsey wasn’t done trying to add something to the second rate. The Rams’ undercover recruiting coordinator — who has helped land some valuable free agents in the past and tried to lure them to LA — has just revealed his next target down the recruiting lane: Super Bowl winner Tyrann Mathieu.

“While we’re at it, blast @Mathieu_Era mentions,” Ramsey sent.

The moves to add four defenders to the draft are sure to come as a surprise to most fans and draft pundits. Many believed the offensive line, already struggling with the loss of starters Andrew Whitworth (retired) and Austin Corbett (Carolina Panthers), would be the most fixed position in the two days the Rams could move in.

Also, Edge Rusher was seen as another pressing need after losses to Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Houston Texans) and Von Miller (Buffalo Bills).

But nonetheless, the Rams reconsolidated the runner-up position, which pleased Ramsey. Here is a brief overview of who is there:

durant: SC State Corner joins the Rams as the 2021 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. He grabbed three interceptions and hit 12 passes in his final season.

lake: The veteran Lake has not only spent five seasons at nearby UCLA, but has also been in the NFL. His father is five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and safety Carnell Lake, who played in the league from 1989-2001 for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens.

kendrik: His four takeaways in 2021 ranked third in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He also did not allow his side a touchdown during the Bulldogs’ national title run.

Yeast: Hit 10 passes in a Big 12 conference last season known for airstrikes and spread looks.

kendrik: His four takeaways in 2021 ranked third in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He also did not allow his side a touchdown during the Bulldogs’ national title run.

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