Who is the 6-foot-4 305 pound Austin Corbett?
Austin Corbett is a former walk-on at the University of Nevada who rose to stardom playing left tackle for the Wolfpack, but is projected by most NFL scouts as a guard or possibly even center in the NFL. Could he be the long-term answer to replacing center John Sullivan with the Rams? It's not a crazy idea. Corbett is the kind of tough, smart player who doesn't really jump off the page in any one area, but always seems to find a way to get the job done. He's also considered as a “We, Not Me” type of guy, which certainly won't hurt his standing with the Rams brain trust.
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Corbett is a tough, gritty, technically sound player who is smart enough to make in-game adjustments and isn't too afraid to play with an edge and a little anger. He has quick feet and can move well in space when needed. He is considered highly coachable and uses his hands well. Some rumors have linked Corbett to the New England Patriots. If Bill Belichick likes you, that is a pretty high recommendation. The bottom line is that Corbett is a tough, blue collar, lunch pail kind of guy who gets the job done, works hard and never quits. That isn't a bad profile for a guy who will be called upon to go to war in the trenches every week.
Some scouts think Corbett has less than ideal strength, and his 19 bench press reps at the NFL combine aren't the kind of numbers that scream "success" as an NFL lineman. His overall length and 33 inch long arms could be a problem if he stays at tackle, which most scouts don't believe he will. The flip side of that, of course, is that likely means he will have to learn the nuances of playing guard or even center in the NFL. He certainly is smart enough to do that, but it probably means he won't start right away, barring a rash of injuries with whatever team he ends up on. The final concern, of course, is that as a player in the Mountain West Conference, he may not have faced top-flight opponents week-in and week out.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
There is some question as to whether Corbett will still be available by the time the Rams have their first pick in the third round. The second question is whether they will bypass an obvious need at linebacker to take an O-lineman who may need on-the-job training before stepping into a starting role. Having said all of that, Corbett is the kind of guy who can "just flat out play," even if his combine numbers aren't what is expected by scouts. Yes, Corbett would fit with the Los Angeles Rams, and would probably move inside rather than staying at tackle.
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