Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/8 - Tavon Austin, WR/KR, 5-9, 174, West Virginia...The Rams gave up a second-round pick to move up eight spots and take arguably the best playmaker in the draft. Austin will play in the spot, lineup at running, return kicks, and who knows what else. QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's something I can't change. I just laugh at it now. Not really laugh, but I just smile and take it in and put it on my shoulders. I've been small my whole life. It's not going to change. I'm 5-9, but my heart plays like I'm six feet. I try to keep that mindset, keep being smart on the field, knowing when to get down, knowing when not to get down, get the first down. That's really what it boils down to." - WR Tavon Austin on his size. - The Sports Xchange
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10/17/13 - --WR Tavon Austin participated in only three offensive plays against Houston, and while acknowledging "it's hard to be patient," he said, "I know my time will come. The big thing was getting the win." Austin leads the team with 24 receptions, but his average is just 6.6 yards per catch.
09/10/13 - WR Tavon Austin had a somewhat quiet NFL debut. He was targeted seven times and caught six, but he gained just 41 yards. He also had one run that the Cardinals defensed well, dropping him for a 1-yard loss. He had one punt return for one yard.
09/05/13 - WR Tavon Austin will be making his regular-season debut, and QB Sam Bradford said he's been impressed with Austin's work ethic. Asked what's impressed him, Bradford said, "Just his maturity as far as understanding what we're asking him to do on certain plays and certain routes. I think, obviously, when he first got here, he was still just trying to learn the concepts and learn the routes – basically general guidelines as to where he's supposed to be and what he was supposed to run. But, I think he's starting to understand the finer points of the offense and of the routes that he's running. He came up to me at practice a couple times today and talked to me about small adjustments verse different coverages that they showed us. And that shows a lot to me because we haven't had those conversations before. I think it's really great to see something like that happen."
08/22/13 - WR Tavon Austin, who missed two days of practice because of a death in the family, was back on Wednesday.
08/20/13 - WR Tavon Austin was absent from practice for an undisclosed personal and family matter.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/8 - Tavon Austin, WR/KR, 5-9, 174, West Virginia...The Rams gave up a second-round pick to move up eight spots and take arguably the best playmaker in the draft. Austin will play in the spot, lineup at running, return kicks, and who knows what else. QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's something I can't change. I just laugh at it now. Not really laugh, but I just smile and take it in and put it on my shoulders. I've been small my whole life. It's not going to change. I'm 5-9, but my heart plays like I'm six feet. I try to keep that mindset, keep being smart on the field, knowing when to get down, knowing when not to get down, get the first down. That's really what it boils down to." - WR Tavon Austin on his size. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Rams wheel and deal to acquire playmakers...For the second consecutive year, the Rams ended up being wheelers and dealers in the first round of the draft. In 2012, the Rams first moved from the second overall pick to sixth in a trade with the Washington Redskins that netted them a second-round pick, plus first-round choices this year and in 2014. They entered Thursday with picks at 16 and 22 in the first round and didn't use either one. The fact they had the No. 22 choice from Washington emboldened them to trade up to eighth in the first round with Buffalo to select wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Doing that cost the Rams their second-round pick (46th overall) and seventh-round selection (222nd overall). They also swapped third-round picks with the Bills, moving from 78th overall to 71st. Without a second-round pick, the Rams were hopeful of engineering a deal at 22 to get back some choices. That occurred when the Rams traded down to 30th overall with the Falcons and were able to get third- and sixth-round selections from Atlanta (92nd and 198th overall). At 30, the Rams added linebacker Alec Ogletree.
Said coach Jeff Fisher, "I would have to say that we're very excited, to say the least. It was a scenario that we had been discussing for several days. In this particular draft, (it's a) hard thing to accomplish, I think, the way it fell and what we were able to do. So, we're very, very excited. We got two very explosive, talented young players that are going to help us right away." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - With word building that the Jets at ninth or 13th overall could be interested in Austin, the Rams put in motion the plan to get ahead of New York. General manager Les Snead said, "I think Buffalo did give us a clue early on that they might be willing to come back in the draft to acquire picks. But really for this particular deal, probably sometime Tuesday was the day that, OK you had a good feeling they were going to be in and you could probably get something done."
Fisher said, "We had a feeling that interest was increasing over the last couple of weeks. We did go down (to West Virginia) to work him out. We were just really excited about what we saw down in person. He came in for a (top-) 30 visit and we just felt like he adds something that we just don't have, that's just hard to find in this league. Of course we felt a few days ago that we were probably going to have to go up and get him. I credit Les and (executive vice-president of football operations) Kevin (Demoff) and the guys for creating those opportunities and creating trading partners because we knew we were going to need them." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - In terms of what Ausrtin can do for the Rams' offense, Fisher said, "You look at his college career and what he's accomplished. The fact that he has not missed a game and the explosive plays just week after week after week. It felt like we needed a player that created mismatches and so he helps to create that for our entire offense. "Clearly there's a lot you can do with him. He'll start off as that slot receiver, but it doesn't end there. There's a lot of different things you can do with him. He can stretch the field. The 4.28 (40-yard dash) is real. That itself creates some problems. He's got excellent hands. He's quick out of the break. He understands and likes football. He's going to be really fun to watch."
Including in the return game. Said Fisher, "He's a dual returner. Most of his production was in the area of kickoffs. We assume and have seen him do punts, but again the more often you get the ball in his hands the better off he's going to be."
Austin is 5-81/2 and 174 pounds and being selected in the top half of the first round is unprecedented for a player his size. Since 1988, there have been 44 receivers selected in the top 15 of the draft and only 10 are under 6-0 and none under 5-10. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Asked about supposedly being too small for the NFL, Austin said, noting that he's never missed a game in high school or college, "That's definitely not going to (ever go away). I just have to keep my heart up, keep my mind right and keep grinding every day in practice. Take care of my body, just keep fighting the critics off like I've been doing since I was young. I can't do anything about it. I would like to change if I could get two inches, but I can't. I'm just going to keep on pushing." - The Sports Xchange