With the 2013 NFL Draft just around the corner, it’s time to unveil team-by-team projections for the first three rounds before the three-day festivities kick into swing on April 25. Part two of the series continues with the St. Louis Rams.
First Round (No. 16 Overall): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Wide receiver was this team’s most pressing need before Brandon Gibson took his talents down to South Beach and Danny Amendola landed in New England, so St. Louis needs to find a new versatile tool for Sam Bradford right away on draft day.
The Rams accomplish the mission at No. 16 with the selection of Tavon Austin, a tough, physical and versatile cat-quick 5-8, 174-pound receiver who was recently described as ”Percy Harvin and Wes Welker wrapped into one” by Marshall Faulk.
First Round (No. 22 Overall): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
After addressing left tackle with the addition of Jake Long in free agency, St. Louis shores up the right side with the selection of D.J. Fluker, turning a serious weakness into one of the team’s many strengths in just one offseason.
Second Round (No. 46 Overall): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Rams reel in a major steal in the middle of the second round to revive the running game after Steven Jackson’s departure. Eddie Lacy is a great fit in St. Louis’ offense and of course already has experience with Fluker at Alabama.
Third Round (No. 78 Overall): Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
The Rams wait longer than they like to bolster the back-end of the defense, but the club couldn’t pass up on Lacy and does manage to land an athletic and physical safety with adept blitzing ability off the edge and strong tackling skills set.
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