8 Rams who are already turning heads at OTAs

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II: RB Blake Corum

While not initially celebrating the arrival of rookie RB Blake Corum, I can see more evidence of why the Rams made adding him a priority in the 2024 NFL Draft. Now with reports out of the Rams OTAs that RB Kyren Williams is dealing with a minor foot injury, that presence of mind of GM Les Snead to draft another capable running back like Blake Corum makes even more sense.

But if you are expecting Corum to take over the job of starting for the Rams offense from Kyren Williams, tap the brakes on that a bit.

In the Rams offense, playing time is earned. And veterans are the presumed default starters until they are ineffective, injured, or rookies play so well in limited time that fans are salvoing the Rams on social media to give more opportunities to that rookie. Not one of those conditions have been met yet.

That is not to say that Blake Corum does not look every bit the part of a Rams running back. He does. Standing just 5-foot-8 and weighing a burly 213 pounds, Corum is a power packed runner who won't be denied a first down or touchdown when he gets close. And his size could prove to become an even greater advantage in the NFL, as he will be able to hide in the shadows of even larger offensive linemen.

While Kyren Williams remains the presumed starter for the 2024 NFL season, Corum is certainly going to benefit from the focus and reps in this offense. I don't believe that we will be swamped with positive reports about Corum from OTAs and training camp, merely because I do not believe that the Rams coaching staff want to tip off future opponents as to just how good Corum can play.

But he will play, and play well.