Rams trade up for Tavon Austin

4/25/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the eighth pick in the NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams traded up to select wide receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia. Austin is an explosive play maker who can line up in the backfield or out wide. He is a player opposing teams will have to specifically game plan for, Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin runs with the ball after making a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sportsbut Austin's downside is his size. He is only 5'8", 174 lbs., which means he could be injury prone.

To get to the Bills eighth slot, the Rams gave up one of their first round picks (#16), second round, seventh round, and swapped third rounders.

The 7-8-1 Rams showed signs of improvement last year.  They played hard and seemed to fit in in the hard-nosed NFC West under coach Jeff Fisher.  Stephen Jackson is no longer with the team, but they have already improved the roster during the offseason by bringing in Jake Long to immediately take over the left tackle spot.  They also added TE Jared Cook and adding Austin gives Sam Bradford more weapons to work with after losing Danny Amendola in free agency.

The Rams are solid on both sides of the ball and have a young and improving roster. However, the team is still a few playmakers away, specifically at the safety and running back positions, but Austin fills a significant need at WR.

The Rams still have another first round pick at #22.
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4/26/13   |   Scott   |   54667 respect

Rams needed play makers and Fisher and Jeff Snead went out and got the best one in the draft.  

Job well done