ST. LOUIS The ceiling shook.
In a room above the heads of reporters who had just watched the St. Louis Rams take Tavon Austin with the eight pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the men who made that news happen were celebrating loudly upstairs.
For the first time since St. Louis selected Torry Holt seventh in 1999, the Rams took a wide receiver in the first round. They sacrificed to do so, turning their 16th pick into the eighth by giving the Buffalo Bills a second-round selection. It was necessary to secure the guy everybody wanted, the player who has an unparalleled way of creating what the men in the second-story draft room at Rams Park expressed by slamming their feet into the floor excitement.
"He had something we just don't have," Rams coach Jeff Fisher would say later. "Something that's just hard to find in this league."
"That was one player the defensive staff wanted to pick, so they didn't have to defend him," Rams general manager Les Snead gushed.
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