Not long ago, we pegged the over-under for West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin at the 15th pick in the draft.
It’s now looking like his floor will come one spot lower.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviews the praise that has been heaped upon the small-but-explosive receiver-returner. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Austin being taken with the 16th pick in the draft, by the Rams.
If Austin lasts that long.
At the Scouting Combine, a G.M. privately remarked that Austin runs like he has a rocket in a place where rockets don’t normally go. And that was before Austin ran the 40-yard dash faster than most expected.”The guy’s got Az Hakim-like quickness,” an unnamed veteran scout told Thomas. “If you get him the ball on the field anywhere, he can score. Hand it to him, toss it to him, bubble screen it, throw it deep.”Regardless of whether Austin is gone by the time the Rams pick at No. 16, they need to add a receiver who can make an impact. Especially with Danny Amendola now gone.By the time the Rams go on the clock with the first of their two first-round picks, Austin could be gone, too.