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St. Louis Rams Select Tavon Austin with No. 8 Pick in Trade with Buffalo Bills

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

The St. Louis Rams wanted Tavon Austin and did what was necessary to draft him. 

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN (via ESPN's James Walker), they traded with the Buffalo Bills to move up eight spots from No. 16 to No. 8:

Albert Breer of NFL.com also reports the details of the trade, which features the Rams giving up a few picks to get the player they coveted:

Austin becomes the first receiver taken in the draft after an excellent career at West Virginia. He finished last season with 1,289 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

He also showed his versatility with 643 rushing yards and 813 yards on kick returns.

Scouts were originally wary of taking him due to his short stature at only 5'8". However, he raised his profile at the NFL Scouting Combine when he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds.

Additionally, he has a unique ability to change directions in a hurry and turn short passes into long plays and touchdowns.

For the Rams, Austin should immediately be able to replace Danny Amendola, who signed with the New England Patriots this offseason for $31 million over five years.

Considering no one on the roster had more than 700 receiving yards last season, the rookie will have a chance to step in and provide Sam Bradford with a consistent threat in the middle of the field.

On the other side, the Bills will get a chance to stock up on draft picks and build up the roster on a team that won only six games a year ago.

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