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NFL Draft Profile – RB Blake Corum

By Doug Orth | 4/11/24 |

Blake Corum


College: Michigan
Height/Weight: 5' 8"/205
Hands: 9"
Age: 23 (at the time of the 2024 season opener)

Important NFL Combine Numbers

40-Yard Dash: 4.53
Vertical Jump: 35.5’’
Broad Jump: 4.12
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.12
3-Cone: 6.82

College Production (Stats)

High-end NFL Player Comp(s): Kyren Williams

Low-end NFL Player Comp(s): Late-career Devonta Freeman

Best Scheme Fit: Should fare fine as a 1B back initially in either a gap- or zone-blocking scheme, although he logged significantly more runs in the former in 2023.

Best Team Fit(s): Cowboys, Buccaneers, Bills, Giants, Chargers, Rams, Cardinals

Non-bolded times - Good examples of attribute
Bolded times - Average/poor examples of attribute

Position-Specific Attributes and Grades
Attribute Att Grade Scale Examples
Burst/Explosiveness 8.0 10.0

0:33, 1:58, 3:13, 8:06, 9:31, 12:10, 31:03

Contact Balance 8.5 10.0

0:29, 1:44, 6:10, 7:32, 7:46, 7:57, 8:08

3:02, 10:12

Instincts/Patience/Vision 9.0 10.0

2:04, 4:37, 7:02, 7:46, 8:06, 8:08, 31:03

7:44, 11:41, 24:21

Power/Tackle-Breaking Ability 8.5 10.0

1:22, 1:44, 2:04, 5:48, 7:28, 8:56, 41:07

5:31, 6:24

Quickness/Elusiveness 8.5 10.0

1:48, 2:04, 4:58, 8:08, 11:08

10:11, 11:41

Route-Running/Hands 8.0 10.0

1:38, 1:50, 4:00, 6:58

Ball Security 5.5 6.0
Pass Protection 4.5 6.0

2:30, 2:45, 6:16, 6:55, 10:38


Durability 4.0 4.0
Long Speed 2.5 4.0

1:58, 3:13, 9:31, 12:10, 31:03

Film Grade 67.0 80.0
Pre-Draft Fantasy Prospect Grade* (out of 50): 36.5

* - How well does his skill set carry over to the fantasy game? For running backs, a player needs to be a three-down option as well as a realistic threat for 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards to be a candidate for a perfect grade. Positional scarcity at the pro level is also a part of the equation.


  • Compactly built, which gives him a natural leverage advantage; he can also "get skinny" when necessary.

  • Possesses quick twitch and has a good sense for when a lane is developing, especially when he feels that the defense has crashed down too hard.

  • Patient runner who uses his diminutive size to hide behind his linemen on occasion before unleashing a well-timed burst on an unsuspecting defender.

  • Understands how to disrupt pursuit angles.

  • As tough as a piece of scrap metal; very comfortable running in between the tackles and dropping his shoulder to finish his run.

  • Lost only two fumbles across 731 career touches.


  • Lacks high-end athleticism and an obvious second gear; less than 10 percent of his runs in 2023 (25 of 258) went for more than 10 yards. (That mark was 12.4 percent over his college career.)

  • Runs with good power for a 205-pound back but will not consistently pick up three or four yards after contact.

  • Will turn 24 years old in November of his rookie season and probably will not be able to add much good weight to his frame without sacrificing speed and/or quickness.

  • Did well with his chances as a receiver but was not asked to do much in that area.

  • Suffered a torn meniscus and sprained MCL late in the 2022 season, which likely played a role in the drop of several key rushing metrics during his senior year.

Bottom Line

Corum is much more of a fit in today's NFL than he would have been 15 or 20 years ago. Back in the day, 205-pound backs were typically typecast into third-down roles (assuming they had much of a role behind the starter). Corum is just what a back his size needs to be in today's NFL: tough and fearless. Instincts, patience and vision are among his other best qualities. In short, he should have no problem fitting in with any NFL team because he oozes intangibles. It is difficult to start any discussion about the two-time Big Ten Running Back of the Year without discussing his production. He finished his career as Michigan's career record-holder in rushing touchdowns (58), total touchdowns (61) and career points scored (356) and seventh on the program's all-time rushing list (3,737 yards). Corum may not hit many home runs that people like to see from lighter backs, but he will probably continue to hit plenty of the singles and doubles in the NFL as he did in college because he can play through contact and has enough burst to keep an offense on schedule.

Most of the negatives - a few of which he has little to no control over - cited above speak for themselves. Corum runs with good power, but determination alone is not going to be enough to consistently power through the hole against NFL linebackers most weeks. With his small frame, it will be hard for him to add enough muscle to change his fortunes after contact at the next level. The two-time All-American's short stride length also does not help him break many big runs. Michigan also did not ask him to do much in the passing game nor did the Wolverines allow him to show off his skills as a receiver. He identified threats and fared well more often than not as a blocker, but one has to question if he can hold his ground against NFL linebackers week after week at his size. There is also a distinct chance Corum will be a one-contract player, as he will turn 24 years old around Thanksgiving.

A franchise can always find room for a player like Corum because it needs character guys like him to build/continue a culture. While Corum is more than just a good role model, it is worth wondering how long of a career he can have without an elite physical skill to use as his trump card. Without game-breaking speed or quickness and Michigan giving evaluators little to work with in terms of his ability to run routes and/or separate as a pass-catcher, his ceiling would seem to be as a high-end backup or 1B option in a committee - one that might be more reliant on having a good run-blocking line than most.

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Doug Orth has written for FFToday since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive." Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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