The 5’11”, 192 pound cornerback is coming off a standout junior season for the Fighting Irish, as he had 60 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups in 11 starts before missing the team’s final two games with a broken leg.
It’s worth noting that he was forced to sit out the 2014 season with the Fighting Irish because of academic fraud along with a handful of other teammates, but ended up finishing his collegiate career with a strong final season.
Russell is currently projected to be a mid-late round draft pick (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"SOURCES TELL US“He has second day talent as a cover corner, but he’s not as big as you want and now the broken legs might complicate things.” — AFC regional scout"
"NFL COMPARISONAaron ColvinBOTTOM LINESmart, experienced cornerback has strapped it on against some of the best receivers in the nation during his time with the Irish. Russell has the athleticism and cover talent to play press coverage and make a living there, but he may never produce as many pass breakups or interceptions as a team would like. Played outside and from the slot and offers that versatility to an NFL team as a future starter or third corner."