Earlier this month, Bleacher Report completed its annual exercise naming the best-kept secret on each NFL team's roster. Their pick for the Rams heading into the 2021 season: Offensive lineman Austin Corbett.
"The Nevada product started all 16 games and played 100 percent of the offensive snaps," author Kristopher Knox wrote as part of his analysis, referring to Corbett's 2020 performance. "According to Pro Football Focus, he was responsible for only four penalties and one sack all season."
Last year marked Corbett's first full season as a Ram, having been acquired from the Browns in a mid-season trade in 2019. He established himself as Los Angeles' starting right guard and an integral part of its 10th-ranked rushing attack (126.1 yards per game).
This year, he has been getting reps at center and figures to play a prominent role within L.A.'s offensive line once again.
"I've been really impressed with his big picture understanding in the limited time that we've been able to go against a defense where you're having to physically identify, make calls, the communication, the understanding that that center position requires," Rams head coach Sean McVay said during a May 27 video conference. "I think he and (quarterback) Matthew (Stafford) have established a nice rapport together."