Upside of LA Rams left guard Austin Corbett is undeniable

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LA Rams left guard Austin Corbett jumped into the starting lineup cold turkey last season. 2020 will be much better

When the LA Rams began the 2019 season, interior offensive lineman Austin Corbett was prepared to play for the Cleveland Browns. But by mid-October 2019, the Rams offensive line was already unraveling, as the left guard, Joseph Noteboom fell to a season-ending injury. Wasting no time,

LA Rams general manager Les Snead contacted the Cleveland Browns about an offensive lineman who played on three special teams snaps.  But he was the 33rd pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft. His draft profile was strong, but nothing stood out. But in the draft analysis, Mike Mayock loved him, citing him as one of the cleanest (no penalty) players in the draft, and one with a bit of a mean streak.

Delayed opportunity

Lots of draft love never turned into an opportunity for Corbett in Cleveland. The Browns were set at both offensive guard positions when drafting Corbett. He arrived at the Browns under offensive head coach Hue Jackson but was led by head coach Gregg Williams for the final eight games.  By 2019, the now second-year player was up to his third head coach in Freddie Kitchens.

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By October 2019, early into his second year, he was traded to the LA Rams and met his fourth head coach Sean McVay.  He returns to the Rams this year with a career first: He will be playing for the same head coach who he played for a season ago. Two years, four head coaches, four different playbooks and offensive philosophies, 22 NFL games where he saw action, eight games starting.