The St. Louis Rams executed the second trade of the NFL draft, sending the 16th overall pick, a second-round selection (No. 46) and a seventh-round pick (No. 78) to the Buffalo Bills for the No. 8 overall pick. In addition, they will swap third rounders with Buffalo, exchanging No. 71 for 78. With their No. 8 pick, the Rams selected Tavon Austin, a wide receiver from West Virginia.
Holding an additional first-round pick from their trade last year with the Washington Redskins, the Rams had looked at the draft's top receivers. Ultimately, they elected to take Austin, who many believe to be the most electric play-maker in the draft. Dan Kadar rated Austin as the 21st best player on his big board, but his ability after the catch and utility on offense was too attractive to the Rams.
After losing Danny Amendola to free agency, it was vital for St. Louis to find a new weapon for quarterback Sam Bradford. Now the Rams hope Austin will an impact in the NFL similar to what he had in college, where he caught 114 passes for nearly 1,300 yards with Geno Smith throwing him the ball in 2012.