Blake Corum is one of the most successful running backs in Michigan football history, finishing his career in Ann Arbor as a three-time Big Ten Champion and one-time National Champion.

Corum’s winning ways translated into a third-round selection in the 2024 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, a selection that already appears to be a bright one for Coach Sean McVay’s team.

Corum stood out in organized team activities (OTAs) recently according to McVay, who praised the Michigan rookie for his maturity and mental toughness.

“On the offensive side, I’ve been pleased with a lot of guys but Blake Corum has really stood out,” McVay said. “Mature beyond his years. I love the way that he handles himself. I love even more that when there’s been a couple of things that didn’t go the way he wanted, how he responded the next play.

McVay continued.

“The mental toughness that you see from him. Ron Gould is excellent with that room. Even Kyren (Williams) in his own way has done such a great job of imparting a certain amount of wisdom with him.”

Williams is expected to be the starter at running back, but Corum has the talent and pedigree to become a key cog in the Rams’ offensive machine by the time the regular season rolls around.

Last season, the Rams made the playoffs on the strength of Matt Stafford’s right arm and Puka Nacua’s historically great rookie season. The Rams finished near the middle of the NFL in yards per carry (4.3) and near the bottom of the league in rushing yards with 2,045.

Corum wasn’t considered to be a feature back or every-down type of back this past April when the Rams selected him, but the Marshall, Virginia born and raised former Michigan Wolverine has proven the doubters wrong each year that he has played. It would be foolish to bet against him doing the same again this season in Tinseltown.