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Five Things to Know About CB KeiVarae Russell

Get to know Kansas City’s third-round draft pick


The Kansas City Chiefs selected Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Here are five things to know about Russell:

1. Per one of FOX Sports' official Twitter accounts, Russell was working out on day one of the NFL Draft.

The grind never stops! CB @Keivarae1 is working on Draft Day. #NFLDraft #PROcast — FOX Sports: PROcast (@PROcast) April 28, 2016

2. Russell was "Mr. Motivation" for Notre Dame in 2015.

According to an article from Derek Harper with CBS Sports, those in the Notre Dame football program thought of Russell as "Mr. Motivation" in 2015.

*"Sources close to the program told's Dane Brugler that Russell was 'Mr. Motivation' behind closed doors when he returned to the program and prepared for the 2015 season," Harper wrote.


Meet the Chiefs third-round selection, KeiVarae Russell

3. Russell started his football career in high school as a running back before switching to cornerback for his freshman season at Notre Dame.

Russell played the running back position at Mariner High School in Everett, Washington, before switching to cornerback at Notre Dame.

Russell was rated 12th nationally among running backs and the fourth-best player in the state of Washington by SuperPrep as a high school prospect.

Russell started all 13 games at cornerback for the Irish as a freshman.

4. Lance Zierlein of compares Russell to Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin.


Read Zierlein's full analysis here.

5. Russell, despite suffering a broken fibula near the end of 2015, should be available for rookie minicamp next week.

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