The St. Louis Rams wanted Tavon Austin badly. So they made sure the New York Jets didn't have a chance to grab the speedy receiver. In a bold trade, the Rams moved up from No. 16 to No. 8 to grab the West Virginia widest. St. Louis sent the No. 16, No. 46, No. 78, and No. 222 pick to the Buffalo Buffalo Bills in exchange for Austin and Buffalo's third round pick -- No. 71. The Rams had the draft surplus to move in large part because of the picks they acquired in the Robert Griffin III trade. Sam Bradford hasn't lived up to his promise as a No. 1 overall quarterback, but it's not like he's had weapons. Austin should help change that. Austin is like a turbo-boosted version of slot receiver Danny Amendola, who left St. Louis in free agency for the New England Patriots this offseason. The Rams also added tight end Jared Cook to help out Bradford. The move completes Austin's month as the "It" player in this draft. A player that can excel as a runner, returner, receiver, and everything in between, most draftniks initially thought Austin would be a late first round pick because he's under 180 pounds. But this is a different NFL. This is a spread-heavy NFL with an emphasis on space players.
Tavon Austin goes to St. Louis Rams at #8 after Bills trade
NFL.com | Apr 26