NFL Draft – Rams looking for a WR in Round 1?


Prior to this year’s offseason, some scenarios that existed where the St. Louis Rams would lose each Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, and would be likely to add some other targets either via outside free agency or the draft. Amendola landed in New England, Gibson in Miami, and also the Rams did not sign any WRs to replace them (though they did add TE Jared Cook, who is primarily a pass-catcher). Will they go WR early within the draft?

NFL DraftSt. Louis has two first-round picks (No. 16 and No. 22), the second of which is part of the compensation package for last year’s No. 2 overall pick that the Redskins used on Robert Griffin III. In a conference call on Wednesday, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. revealed that he foresaw the Rams adding one of the draft class’ most dynamic wideouts with the first of the two: WVU’s Tavon Austin.

“I think Austin would be perfect because he fits that mold of being somebody who can come right in and play,” Kiper explained, via StLouisRams website. “This guy has played football forever. I saw him in high school at Dunbar here in Baltimore, he’s been unbelievable. The kid is a touchdown maker. He’s a scoreboard changer in a variety of ways. You can get him the ball in terms of the running game, you can get him the ball on reverses, wide receiver screens, get him in space, the return game. He is dynamic.”

If Austin is already off the board at that point, the Rams may look elsewhere at 16, and wait to pick another prospect later. Other options include Justin Hunter, Robert Woods, Quinton Patton and Ryan Swope, who could all be around for them in Round 2.

Now, Cook has joined the St. Louis Rams and is sure to be right back on fantasy pundits’ sleeper and breakout lists once again as the 2013 regular season nears. But will he live up to those expectations this time around? ESPN’s Matt Bowen thinks that Cook is in position to excel as a pass-catching tight end and and end-zone threat with the Ram


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