Rams trade up to No. 8 pick to select West Virginia WR Tavon Austin

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

St. Louis Rams GM Les Snead continues to boldly makeover his team's roster, working out a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move up to the eighth overall pick in the draft to select West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.

Austin was the No. 12 player in the "Shutdown 50", with editor Doug Farrar referring to the speedy wideout as "the most exciting and explosive player in this draft class". During his final season in Morgantown, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, added 643 yards and seven touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts, returned 32 kicks for 813 yards and a touchdown, and returned 15 punts for 165 yards with another touchdown.

The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Austin projects as a slot receiver, working between 2012 draft picks Brian Quick and Chris Givens in a Brian Schottenheimer's offense that also added downfield threat Jared Cook at the tight end position. The Rams let Danny Amendola, their slot receiver the last few seasons, depart via free agency this offseason.

To trade down, the Bills received the Rams' first-round pick (No. 16 overall), the Rams' second-round pick (No. 46 overall) and the two teams will swap third-round picks. The Rams will acquire the Bills' pick (No. 71), while the Bills will have the Rams' selection (No. 78 overall). The Bills will also obtain a seventh-round selection from the Rams, the 222nd overall pick in the draft.

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