The Los Angeles Rams have added center Austin Blythe, who was put on waivers by the Colts, according to Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star. In a corresponding move, they have released linebacker Flo Orimolade.
Rams have waived LB Flo Orimolade. Have been assigned C Austin Blythe (Iowa) off waivers from Indy. @CVRamsClub
— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) May 16, 2017
Blythe played his college ball at Iowa. A year ago, the Colts made him a seventh-round pick. He’s 6-foot-3 and just 24 years old, so he possesses a lot of raw potential, but the Colts didn’t see enough to keep him around any longer. He made just one start during the 2016 season, but did gain action in eight games.
The Colts have been focusing on defense, signing free agents and needing to shuffle their roster. The Rams, on the other hand, must find a way to get their offense going in 2017. They can’t overlook the value of the offensive line while doing that, and this gives them a chance to see what Blythe can do. If anything, they get a very young player who technically has starting experience.
Orimolade was very good in college, but he did play at Dartmouth. While a very prestigious school in many ways, it’s not known for its football program. He’s too short and light for the NFL. He is known as a hard worker and a guy who truly wants to fit in and help the team.
“When he first arrived, he was a quiet kid. He had played a small amount of football, but he was the type of person who always did things the right way. He’s a ‘yes, sir’ or ‘no, ma’am’ type of guy. Mom and dad did a wonderful job with him,” Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens told Max Zhuang of The Dartmouth prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.
“It’s the subtle things that make his peers notice him. He does everything really well and remains humble about it. Sometimes when it’s a guy like that and not the quarterback, it’s more impactful. He’s comfortable in a leadership role and I’m very proud of that.”