RB Blake Corum could end up being a total steal for the Rams

The LA Rams could find that RB Blake Corum to be a total steal in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Draft for tomorrow, coach for today

What I love about the Rams front office, and what is often undervalued by analysts, is the fact that the team prefers to use the NFL Draft as an opportunity to land players who will shine most brightly in opportunities that will appear on the roster in two seasons. If that player does earn a chance to play snaps in their rookie season, or even start in Year 1, great.

But the team is not about drafting as a reaction. Ironically, the draft grades that you will find awarded to teams most often try to match the tactical advantages that rookies bring to their respective team this year. That flies directly in the face of how everyone knows that the true value of any rookie is not this year, but how well that rookie will contribute in the future.

With the Rams entering Year 3 for Kyren Williams, and durability concerns already beginning to show up, the team got ahead of the problem by adding a Mighty Mouse at running back this year. And it just so happens that scoring touchdowns is this guy's forte, as he put up 28 TDs in just 15 games in 2023. That is nearly two touchdowns per game.

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Still, we are not naive to presume that whatever any player accomplishes in college football will organically and automatically be the case in their NFL career. But, much like the arrival of Puka Nacua in 2023 to the wide receiver room, Blake Corum has been greeted by the Rams with an unexpected opportunity to assume the lion's share of opportunities to work due to the minor foot injury to Kyren Williams.