Rams OL Austin Corbett Made “Best Of” Situation Since Cut By Browns
To say that Rams OL Austin Corbett has been through hell and back in the NFL might be an understatement. Corbett followed the Odell Beckham Jr. route and left the Cleveland Browns and went to the bright lights of Los Angeles to play with the Rams. Corbett was a former second-round pick of the Browns and was highly touted coming out of college. He was expected to become a starter right away in the NFL, but lost a training camp battle against veteran Eric Kush and saw very little of the field. The label of “bust” was quickly thrown on him, but not before he was shipped off to Los Angeles in a trade for a fifth-round pick in return.
Austin Corbett shed the bust label very quickly in Los Angeles. Corbett started all 17 games this NFL season and all three of their playoff games during their run to the Super Bowl. The Browns tried Corbett out at both Center and Guard to find a spot for the 33rd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, but nothing ever stuck. The flip-flopping on position and the trade to LA weighed heavy on Corbett and took a hit on his confidence.
Full quote via NFL.com:
“I had a lot of time to kind of reflect on the flight out,” Corbett said Thursday. “Just, ‘what did I do wrong while in Cleveland?’ Just trying to look inside, ‘how could I have done better? This is my fault.’ Then quickly shifted into that mindset of, I have this new opportunity to go and make the best of it.”
The belief was that teams in the NFL did not believe in Corbett that he could perform at the highest level. He would soon be mistaken as the Rams did have tons of confidence in him, at least enough to start him at Guard in 2019 due to injuries. Fortunately enough for him, he is playing next to an All-Pro in Andrew Whitworth.
“Just the amount of knowledge he can outpour in a 30-second ramble of film, there’s just so much knowledge that he can put into this,” Corbett said of Whitworth. “I tried to absorb everything I possibly could and (am) still lucky to do that now. I give a lot of credit to Andrew and really just can’t thank him enough for just taking me under and allowing me to develop as a player and just starting fresh when I got here.
“The rest of the offensive line has done the same thing, but when you’re playing with a guy that’s 40 now, it’s truly something special that you have to take advantage of every single day.”
Austin Corbett took full advantage of a new situation in Los Angeles. Corbett went from having “bust” unfairly thrown upon him, to being one of the highest-rated Guards in the NFL this season. Corbett is a prime example of taking lemons and turning them into lemonade.
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