2013 St. Louis Rams NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces wide receiver Tavon Austin (West Virginia) as the eighth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 8th overall: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

I absolutely love this pick for the Rams, getting the top receiver on my board. What Tavon Austin lacks in size, he more than makes up for with toughness and versatility. He immediately becomes the Rams’ most dynamic offensive weapon, and I think they will primarily use him out of the slot. This is a guy who can make plays after the catch better than any player in this draft, and he has blazing speed and quickness. When you look at guys who are going to make a Fantasy Football impact this year, I think Austin will be one of the most sought after rookies in the league. Sam Bradford needs a safety blanket in the passing game, and to this point, he hasn’t really had one. I think Austin compares really favorably to Percy Harvin, even though he’s not as big. To my knowledge, Austin’s size has never caused him to miss a significant time due to injury, but that could be a potential issue at the NFL level. To me, the Rams trading up for Austin was a bold move and a very worthwhile move. This was my favorite player in the draft in terms of skill players or anyone but offensive/defensive linemen. The Rams took a huge gamble moving up for Austin here, but I’m a huge fan. I think he’s going to be a stud in the NFL.

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