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Which Team Will Take Blake Corum in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Aidan McGrath
Aidan McGrath@ffaidanmcgrath
Which Team Will Take Blake Corum in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Michigan Wolverines star rusher Blake Corum helped carry his team to their first CFP Championship title in school history. He led all of college football in rushing touchdowns (27) during the team's championship run while handling a heavy workload throughout the season. The 2024 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and Corum could be among the first players drafted at his position.

Unfortunately for Corum -- and the rest of this year's running back prospects -- the NFL doesn't seem too keen on the 2024 class. No running backs made the cut for Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 Prospects list for NFL.com. The Athletic's Dane Brugler didn't rank a running back higher than 70th overall in the class and did not have a team select a running back in his most recent two-round mock draft.

The flurry of free agent running back signings at the onset of this week's legal tampering period further illustrates the NFL's lack of optimism about the position in this year's rookie class. Where in recent years running backs have had to combat a frustrating free agent market in the NFL, teams this year were quick to make sure they had a strong option at the position heading into training camp.

The NFL is signaling that they don't think there are any Bijan Robinsons in this class, but Corum is an impressive prospect who could still hear his name called on Day 1 or 2 of the draft.

So let's take a look at FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft Odds Market to see which franchises have the best Odds to Draft Blake Corum.

NFL Draft Odds

Odds to Draft Blake Corum

Team
Odds
Los Angeles Chargers+250
Dallas Cowboys+850
Las Vegas Raiders+1400
Carolina Panthers+1400
Houston Texans+1400
Minnesota Vikings+1400
Los Angeles Rams+1400
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Los Angeles Chargers (+250)

The Los Angeles Chargers are the clear frontrunners to draft Corum in late April. After all, new Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh is pretty familiar with Corum's game after they spent the last four years together at Michigan.

Harbaugh was quick to recognize Corum's talents at Michigan. Corum played behind established rushers like Hassan Haskins and Zach Charbonnet as a freshman in the bizarre, six-game 2020 season, but he became a legit contributor as a sophomore before earning some of the heaviest workloads in the college ranks over his final two seasons. It's clear that Harbaugh trusted him in their time together, making this a clear fit for Corum in the NFL.

After allowing longtime starter Austin Ekeler to walk in free agency, the Chargers now have a serious need at running back. With how severely they struggled to find competent running back play behind Ekeler in recent years, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them take multiple backs on draft weekend.

It makes sense that the Chargers are the clear favorites to take Corum -- but a lot of other teams could have a chance to draft him if he falls out of the early rounds.

Dallas Cowboys (+850)

If the 2024 season started tomorrow, who would start at running back for the Dallas Cowboys? After letting Tony Pollard (now a member of the Tennessee Titans) walk in free agency, the only backs they have under contract are Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn.

The Cowboys have been quiet in the early days of free agency. Virtually all of the big free agent names at the running back position have already been snatched up by other needy teams, putting Dallas in a position to draft their Week 1 starter later this April. And if the rest of the NFL is as down on this class as it seems, the Cowboys could really have their pick of the whole class on draft day.

The Cowboys have been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism for how they've handled the running back position in recent years. Between drafting Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall in 2016 and giving him a huge contract extension before his rookie deal expired, they've been cited as an example of what not to do at the position.

Dallas finally cut Zeke before the start of the 2023 season but found poor results from Pollard as their starter for most of the year. Now that Pollard has left for Tennessee, it seems like they're now intent on filling out their running back room with players on rookie contracts. And who better to turn to than the guy who handled the seventh-most carries in all of college football last year?

Minnesota Vikings (+1400)

The Minnesota Vikings may have signed former Green Bay Packers rusher Aaron Jones in Monday's free agent frenzy, but that doesn't mean they're settled at the position.

Jones has played his best football when paired with another rusher. His best years in Green Bay saw him handle the lead back role with Jamaal Williams handling at least 100 touches beside him. Minnesota released former starter Alexander Mattison after his massively disappointing 2023 season, meaning it's just Jones and former fifth-round pick Ty Chandler in Minneapolis as of this writing.

Corum is a strong stylistic complement to Jones and Chandler. His bruising style helped him find the end zone 58 times as a rusher in college and should help him find success moving the sticks at the NFL level. He should bring Harbaugh-trained consistent play to a running back room that desperately needed a steady hand a season ago -- especially after Mattison recorded three fumbles and a ridiculous seven drops before getting benched to close out the year.

Las Vegas Raiders (+1400)

The Las Vegas Raiders let Josh Jacobs walk in free agency. They may have found a diamond in the rough in former fourth round pick Zamir White -- who averaged 99.3 yards per game (4.73 yards per carry) as the starter over the final four weeks of the year -- but could certainly use some more help at the position.

Even if the rebuilding Raiders have high hopes for White, they likely understand the need to have support behind him. "Zeus" was a major recruit heading into college but suffered multiple serious knee injuries in his time with the Georgia Bulldogs.

White and veteran special teamer Ameer Abdullah are the only running backs the Raiders have under contract as of this writing, so they're among the neediest teams in the league at the position. They'll need someone who can handle significant touches as they grind through a rebuilding year, so Corum's CFP Championship-caliber talent could make for an ideal target for Vegas -- especially if he falls as far as Jeremiah's and Brugler's early mock drafts imply.

Carolina Panthers (+1400)

The Carolina Panthers were not having a good time in 2023. Their rookie quarterback didn't immediately revitalize the franchise, their offensive line fell apart after a decent 2022 showing, and their splashy free agent running back signing (Miles Sanders) did not live up to expectations.

The Panthers have already made moves to bolster their offensive line but could still use extra help at running back. Sanders struggled to stay healthy all year and was eventually benched for Chuba Hubbard. Both players could find themselves on new teams by Week 1 of the 2024 season.

The Panthers have the same odds to draft Corum as several other teams but frankly have too many question marks at too many other positions for me to consider them at their current +1400 odds. Corum is a talented player, but the Panthers might be better served finding serviceable pass catchers in this year's draft than running backs.

The Panthers seem more likely to sign a free agent (like former Panthers rusher D'Onta Foreman) to a short-term deal than draft a new, young running back. They need to figure out if Bryce Young is the future of the franchise by surrounding him with as much protection and as many wideouts as possible.

Longshot: Jacksonville Jaguars (+10000)

My favorite longshot pick to take Corum in the 2024 NFL Draft is the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose +10000 odds tie them with the longest odds in the league.

Jaguars GM Trent Baalke has selected a running back in every single draft he has been a part of. That includes seven drafts with the San Francisco 49ers and each of the last three drafts with the Jags. He's consistent.

The Jags landed a hit with star rusher Travis Etienne but have publicly spoken about wanting to have another back on the roster to support him since he took the field in 2022 (he missed his whole rookie season with injury).

The team's 2022 running back draftee Snoop Conner didn't make it through his rookie contract, while 2023 second-round pick Tank Bigsby was, frankly, a disaster. Bigsby fumbled twice in 50 carries, dropped 2 of his 4 targets (both drops turned into interceptions), and allowed pressure at the 8th-highest rate (30.4%) as a pass blocker.

The Jaguars had other priorities in free agency and have made no moves at running back, setting Baalke up to draft a running back for the 11th straight time. Corum's ability to churn out yards on tough carries would help keep Etienne fresh throughout the year, while his career 0.7% fumble rate in college should translate to reliable reps at the NFL level.


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