Here's a look at what national media are saying about the
** SI.com's Don Banks says the Rams gave up a lot to get Austin, but the West Virginia wide receiver could very well be worth it.
St. Louis shipped its 16th overall pick to Buffalo to get to No. 8 for Austin, also throwing the
You can't do that every year, but Austin was one of the few offensive playmakers in this draft, and he's just what the Rams needed with the loss of receiver
** SI.com's Peter King says Austin became such an attractive player to teams because of the direction NFL offenses are headed.
I think Tavon Austin became the most desired skill player in the draft because of the way the game is going. People want multi-faceted offensive players, and Austin, though very small, scored four ways last fall. The Rams might get him killed doing it, but they plan to use him as a slot receiver (maybe 700 snaps) and a punt-returner (maybe 50 punts) and are open to using him as a kick-returner too. Think of Austin -- after watching his highlights over the last few days -- playing on the Ed Jones Dome turf. What a weapon.
** FoxSports.com named St. Louis its No. 1 winner on Day 1 of the NFL draft.
A dynamic 5-foot-8, 170-pound playmaker, Austin doesn't fit the mold for the typical wide receiver selected in the top 10. That said, with the
** Grantland's Bill Barnwell has a more nuanced take on the Rams' decision to trade up to grab Austin.