Rams jump up to eighth pick, take Tavon AustinPosted by Josh Alper on April 25, 2013, 9:13 PM EDTGetty ImagesTavon Austin’s rocket ride has come to an end at the eighth overall pick of the 2013 Draft.The Rams, who owned a pair of first-round picks coming into the draft, traded up with the Bills to get the wide receiver. It’s one pick before the first of two Jets first rounders and the Jets have been linked with Austin in several different places in recent days.The need for Austin is obvious in St. Louis. The departures of Danny Amendolaand Brandon Gibson leave the offense without much in the way of targets forSam Bradford at wide receiver. Austin changes that and you can expect the Rams to find plenty of different ways to get the ball into his hands next season. It’s something their offense needed even before those wideouts (and Steven Jackson) left town, so it’s easy to understand why the Rams went up the board to get Austin.Buffalo’s drop will fuel speculation that they want to draft a quarterback in the first round, just not with the eighth pick of the first round. Ryan Nassib, Geno Smithand Matt Barkley have all been linked with the Bills at different points. They’ll now pick 16th, which could be the spot that they strike for their quarterback of the future. Buffalo also added the 46th, 78th and 222nd overall picks. The Rams will get the 71st overall pick back from the Bills.
welcome to my world, haha. i started a draft thread two months ago and got no replies
i am very happy the ravens got matt elam from florida, i really didn't think he would be there at 32. he was right at the top of my board and i like everything about him, i don't care that he's shorter than the "ideal" height, (5'10"; 1 inch shorter than ed reed, and clearly ed reed didn't have an issue with height.) he plays like a big man; excellent athlete and leader, incredibly physical and punishing tackler with great instincts and ball skills, enthusiastic and humble guy, endured horrible tragedy in his childhood (sister and brother were murdered) but persevered and motivated himself to carry on and make it to this level. just the type of guy you want to build around. arthur brown from ksu was also a great pick in the second round. initially i wanted kevin minter from lsu to take up #52's mantle at ILB, but brown was right behind him on my board, and the more i look at him the more i think he might be the better fit. i was hoping marshall's aaron dobson might go under the rader and fall to the ravens in the 3rd or 4th round, but the patriots snuck in and got him in the 2nd.
so those are four guys that i liked coming into the draft.. getting 2 outta 4 ain't bad