Found April 26, 2013 on
St. Louis Rams
West Virginia Mountaineers
When Tavon Austin arrived at Rams Park this morning, the first man to greet him was his new quarterback. Sam Bradford was all smiles (and a little bit mustache) as Les Snead and Jeff Fisher just handed him the keys to the most uniquely dynamic playmaker in the draft.
Imagine how he must feel now that the Rams have added his partner in crime. While Austin piled up the highlight reel runs, Bailey piled up the stats. The two worked defenses ragged inside and out, and personally put 37 of Geno Smith's 43 passing touchdowns in the end zone. The Mountaineers often lined up Bailey on one side, and Austin on the other, and forced defenses to pick their poison. Someone was getting open, and that someone was a threat to score.
I'm a ST. Louis RAM baby! @tayaustin01 what they gone do with us man! Can't wait to touchdown.#RamsNation talk to me
—STEDMAN BAILEY (@iamSB3) April 27, 2013
Ever since Sam Bradford was drafted as the spearhead of a total franchise transformation, the organizational warning signs were there. The slipshod Rams were not surrouding him with enough talent. They were not doing enough to keep him upright. And they were not able to raise him up in a consistent scheme. These are the three cardinal sins for a team trying to build around a young quarterback, and the Spagnuolo-Devaney Rams commited them all.
The situation was dire enough that when we cleaned house and went shopping for new leadership, outsiders openly questioned whether Bradford was going to be an asset or a liability.
One face to face meeting with Jeff Fisher put that question to rest.
Since his arrival in St. Louis, Fisher has committed 100% to Bradford has his quarterback. And he set himself to replacing the foundational pieces necessary to his success. After little more than 15 months on the job, let's total them up:
New WCO-friendly offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer
New offensive line guru in Paul Boudreau
New elite-caliber left tackle in Jake Long
New protection-calling center in Scott Wells
New outside weapons in Chris Givens (speed) and Brian Quick (size)
New "joker" weapons in Tavon Austin (speed) and Jared Cook (size)
New pass-catching running backs in Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead
Now we add Stedman Bailey, an immensely productive college receiver, and suddenly it feels like this one-bereft offense is adding luxury pieces. While none of these players has siezed any fantasty football championship trophies yet, there is a legitimate core of talent from the top to the bottom of the Rams' passing game.
Oh, and the Rams' war room is hardly done. There are still some talented players out there as the 2013 NFL Draft enters the fourth round, including a difference-making running back or two. (Marcus Lattimore anyone?)
Rams fans used to joke about drafting high-risk/high-reward talents like this, the way a condemned man jokes about the weather on the day of his hanging. What did it matter what we thought? We knew we were condemned to mediocrity, or worse.
That was then. This is now. And just in time for Bradford to fully resurrect his standing as the Rams' franchise player.
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The St. Louis Rams traded up with the Buffalo Bills to select WR Tavon Austin with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. There were reports Thursday afternoon that Austin was expected to land in the Top 10 and the Rams were so smitten with him that would move up to secure the West Virginia product above the New York Jets. Those reports obviously became true. Photo Credit...
The St. Louis Rams got help for quarterback Sam Bradford,
trading up eight spots with Buffalo and taking West Virginia wide
receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth overall selection in the NFL
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams got help for quarterback Sam Bradford, trading up eight spots with Buffalo and taking West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth overall selection in the NFL draft Thursday night.
The Rams have been active on both draft days under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead. Last year, they traded the second overall pick to the Redskins...
West Virginia's Tavon Austin was the first skill player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.Fantasy Spin:The Rams grabbed him off the board at pick No. 8. Austin gives QB Sam Bradford a reliable weapon in the receiving game, which is something the Rams desperately needed following the departures of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson this offseason.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have selected their second prolific West Virginia wide receiver of the NFL draft, taking Stedman Bailey in the third round.
The Rams traded up eight spots in the first round to get Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick Thursday night. One day later, they added Bailey, who has 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed, with the 92nd pick.
The 5-9 1-2, 197...
The St. Louis Rams traded out of the 16th spot of the NFL Draft with the Buffalo Bills to get wide receiver Tavon Austin with the 8th pick. Here are the particulars on Austin: Height: 5'8" Weight: 173 lbs; he played at West Virginia all four years.Austin is the guy the Rams have coveted since watching him at the Combine. The St. Louis Rams had two picks in the first round...
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Many speculated before the NFL Draft began whether the St. Louis Rams would be aggressive and trade-up to select an impact play-maker. Of course, the impact play-maker the Rams were looking at was wide receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia.
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