Player III: IOL Austin Corbett (2023 Rd 5 comp. - 171st overall)
The LA Rams traded a fifth round pick to the Cleveland Browns to 'rent,' interior offensive lineman Austin Corbett for 2.5 NFL seasons. Over the course of that time, Corbett was no Pro Bowler over his chapter playing for the LA Rams, but he was a very dependable interior offensive lineman.
It should come as no surprise that since he signed on with the Carolina Panthers, the Rams offensive line has not been the same. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 305 pounds, Corbett was an ideal offensive guard in the Rams offensive line. In the LA Rams Super Bowl run in 2021, Corbett played very well, allowing just three sacks and committing two penalties. In four post season contests, Corbett allowed no sacks and committed just one penalty. So how has he played since signing with the Carolina Panthers?
Corbett injured to finish 2022, but look for him to finish strong this season
In 2022, he played 985 offensive snaps, committing two penalties and allowing just two quarterback sacks. In 2023, Corbett's return to the Panthers' roster was significantly delayed due to an ACL injury suffered in the last game of 2022. As a result, he did not see any playing time until he finally started in Week 7 against the Houston Texans. So far in 2023, Corbett has played 198 offensive snaps and allowed three quarterback sacks.
Corbett signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2022 that was worth $26,250,000. Curiously, that contract can be severed after just two seasons. If Corbett is picked up for that third season, he will cost the Carolina Panthers over $10 million. With his current situation of coming off an ACL injury and not performing to his norm, the Panthers may part ways with Corbett after just two very team-friendly seasons.