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.
Receiver was the Rams’ most pressing need before Brandon Gibson took his talents to South Beach and Danny Amendola landed in New England, so they needed pick up a playmaker for Sam Bradford right away on draft day.
St. Louis got that mission accomplished with the addition of 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.
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