December 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) carries the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the third quarter at Milan Puskar Field. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 59-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: St. Louis Rams Select Tavon Austin After Trade up to No. 8


There were rumblings earlier in the day that the St. Louis Rams would be looking to jump in to the top ten in hopes of landing a big time playmaker at the wide receiver position. When the Buffalo Bills were on the clock at No. 8 overall, that is exactly what happened as the Rams pulled the trigger on a trade to get in front of the New York Jets and select West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin.

Austin is undoubtedly the best big play threat in the 2013 NFL Draft class and the Rams add him to give quarterback Sam Bradford some help.

Whether you line him up on the outside, in the slot or in the backfield, he is a serious threat to take the ball all the way every time he touches it. Austin is a special play.

People may think that speed is Austin’s strength, but it is really his agility and ability to make defenders miss in tight spaces. It is nearly impossible to get a clean hit on Austin in open space. When you look over the past few year’s there has never been a player with Austin’s short area quickness.

He should be poised for stardom at the next level.

Here are the current draft results:

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars — Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
3. Miami Dolphins (via Oakland Raiders) — Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon
4. Philadelphia Eagles —  Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU
6.  Cleveland Browns — Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU
7. Arizona Cardinals — Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
8. St. Louis Rams (from Buffalo Bills) —  Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia

The draft is always a treat for NFL fans, so be sure that you tune in and see who the newest players to rock your favorite teams uniforms will be, and stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the draft for the latest news, rumors and analysis of every pick.

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