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He can carry the team to victory

While the size and scope of his role in the LA Rams offense may be dynamic and fluid at this early juncture, one thing is crystal clear. If the team needs to depend on Blake Corum to run the football for the entire game, or even for a prolonged series of games, he will respond. In fact, he has proven to have the ability to carry a team to victory:

One of the reservations cited in Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy's draft profile is the fact that he did not pass at the same frequency as other top quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft. And so, questions were raised: Could he carry a team to victory? The reason that McCarthy did not carry the offense, and therefore the team, to victory is due to the fact that RB Blake Corum was already doing a great job of doing so.

In his senior season, Corum averaged 83 yards per game and 1.8 touchdowns per game. That is almost like starting each game with 12.6 points on the scoreboard for the Michigan Wolverines, as well as a significant advantage in the time of possession as well. As we have discussed frequently, a strong running game helps the passing game by putting defenses on their heels, forcing them to rule out the run before pivoting to defend the pass. It's that fraction of a second delay of dropping into coverage that can amplify the aerial assault.

But running the football well also has a significant positive impact on the defense as well. The best defense is a strong offense, and that is most certainly true with a running game that churns out the yardage, moves the chains, and consistently puts points on the board.

Corum, much like LA Rams starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, stole opponents souls.