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So the Rams did a little draft day moving and shaking last night.
1) Tavon Austin.
Want to feel good about this pick? Then read THIS article on Grantland from 2 days ago. If you're too lazy to click, it basically says that Austin is the future of how NFL skill players will look.
It isn't an article about Austin being good. Or even great for the Rams.
Austin is the prototype of how NFL skill players will look.
That's encouraging, no?
The Rams need playmakers. They know it. We know it. Seattle and SF know it. So by going out and getting Austin, the Rams all of a sudden have a pulse on offense. He's not going to be as good as we'd like in 2013... WRs rarely are. But he's going to break some plays and get better in years 2 & 3. He's a heavy rain in the midst of a drought.
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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...
Former West Virginia inside receiver Tavon Austin was selected No. 8 overall by the St. Louis Rams last night in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Rams traded up eight spots to get arguably the most electrifying player in the draft.
Many WVU fans thought it was likely that Austin would land in the top 10, following many positive visits with NFL teams these past few months...
The St. Louis Rams' two first-round picks got the star treatment Friday, arriving at the team complex in Rolls-Royces before an introductory news conference punctuated by applause from team employees who crowded into the auditorium.
Cathy Green, the mother of eighth overall pick Tavon Austin, says she stopped worrying about her speedy son getting injured a long time ago. Green...
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the ‘for sale’ sign is up for the St. Louis Rams. The team is looking to trade out of the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2013 FL Draft. The Rams obtained the pick from Washington and the Robert Griffin III trade. The team figure it would be a higher pick as Washington wasn’t very good in 2011, however, the emergence of RG3 and his...
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...
After making noise early in the first round by trading their No. 16 overall pick with the Buffalo Bills to select electrifying wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall, the St. Louis Rams made even more noise by trading down from its No. 22 pick by sending it to Atlanta in exchange for the Falcons No. 30 pick in the first round.
Snead decided to actually keep that pick and with...
The St. Louis Rams traded both of their sixth-round picks to the Houston Texans and concluded their draft by selecting Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy in the fifth round.
The 5-8, 216-pound Stacy was third in the SEC with 1,141 yards rushing as a senior with 10 touchdowns. He's the school's only player to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and holds school career...
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.
That is exactly how it played out on Thursday night as the Rams traded up to No. 8 overall and swapped first round picks with the Buffalo...
Amongst teams in need of talent at wide receiver, the St. Louis Rams seem to have the trade ammunition and the willingness to use it. St. Louis owns the No. 16 and No. 22 overall picks in tonight's draft. According to value charts, the Rams' two picks could fetch them a top-five overall selection if packaged together. There are at least two teams in those top selections...
Last night on The Cruddy Show, we broke down and simulated an entire St. Louis Rams mock for the 2013 NFL Draft, which is now just hours away. Myself, along with the four co-horts, had an in-depth, hour long conversation and went through each pick with changing scenarios to come to a consensus, hypothetical draft class for the Rams.
Many of my guys were taken in the Rams' mock...
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.
There is one thing that is always unpredictable when it comes to trying to forecast the NFL draft. Team needs are easily identified and news leaks of players going to a particular team, but one thing you can rarely see coming is a trade. The when, who and where in the draft almost always blow up mock drafts. Mine was no different. But even with the surprises, my mock got five players...
What caught my eye from day one of the 2013 NFL Draft?
Here are my winners, losers, and general thoughts from Thursday night.
St. Louis Rams- When you looked at the Rams needs coming into the draft there were four positions that screamed for help: WR, OG, S, LB.
Well the Rams went ahead and took care of the wide receiver and linebacker need, and did so with the best athletes...
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