You are, of course, correct. It usually gets misused, and that's exactly what I did. My bad.
A kettlebell swing analog: use a DB. It'll do the same thing. Start with 16 kg or as close as you can get for 100 total reps. Also reverse lunges with bar held as for front squats. They are horrible, horrible things but do everything you need.
As heavy as you can go for sets of 10 or more, torso angle as close to the start of a DL as possible. With rows, I generally think heavy AND high reps is the way to go.
In terms of sequence, this is what I'd suggest:
Paused front squats 5x2x70 kg 2-3 second pauses in the hole. Add 5 kg every cycle.
BB rows 5x10x60-80 kg
Snatch grip DL 5x2x90 kg. Add 5-10 kg every cycle. Can be done from deficit in addition to snatch grip. I did (about 15 m), but have no prior back injuries.
Reverse lunges 5x10x40-60 kg
That's really, really close to what I did when I was starting out. I'm not at all saying you're just starting out, but because it worked well (squat 150 to 180 and DL 180 to 215 in three months) I have no hesitation recommending it to you my friend. I based the suggested loads on your squat and DL.