Rams traded up to select West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the No. 8 overall pick, sending the Nos. 16, 46, 78 and 222 picks to the Bills.
They also got back the 71st pick. Desperate to surround Sam Bradford with playmakers, the Rams pay a pretty penny to get the premier skill player in the entire draft. Austin (5-foot-8 1/2, 174) caught 215 balls for 2,475 yards (11.5 YPR) and 20 touchdowns over his final two college seasons, also rushing 88 times for 825 yards (9.4 YPC) and four more scores. He scored five career return touchdowns, four on kickoffs and one on a punt. Austin ran 4.34 in Indy with a 10-foot broad jump and 4.01 short shuttle, the second fastest of all receivers. Although not as physical as Percy Harvin, Austin possesses similar versatility, elusiveness, and explosive burst. Pencil him as a four-down game-changer that could lead the Rams in targets as a rookie.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:07:00 PM