The Rams needed a playmaker, and they were able to pull off a deal to get it, trading with the Bills for the 8th overall pick, and then snagging the first WR of the draft, taking West Virginia WR Tavon Austin.
He’s expected to be a big playmaker in the Rams offense, and has all the tools to step right in from day one and be a starter.
+Lightning quick and agile, able to stop and start quickly.
+Elite speed and acceleration, 4.3 a possibility.
+Changes direction with ease, very elusive in the open field.
-Small in stature and doesn’t carry a lot of bulk.
+Experienced making route adjustments both pre and post-snap.
+Able to run precise routes and get back up to speed.
+Can also round out routes to carry more speed through his break.
+Excels underneath with pivot and stick routes, but can get vertical as well.
+Sells double moves and fakes well, able to create separation.
+Effective in the screen game, sets up blocks well.
+Quick enough to beat press coverage.
+Can handle touch passes down the field as well as fastballs underneath.
+Good body control making the catch.
-Will drop the occasional ball when in traffic.
-Makes too many catches with his body.
Running / Return Ability
+Sees cutback lanes very well, able to score on any given play.
+Elusive, difficult to tackle in open space.
+Will make the first man miss.
+Extremely effective on jet sweeps, reverses and mis-direction plays.
-Not much of a blocker, but isn’t allergic to contact.
Tavon Austin is lightning in a bottle. He is the guy that keeps defensive coordinators up at night. You want the ball in his hands.
NFL teams looking for either the next Percy Harvin or the next Wes Welker will find qualities that they like in Austin – he is a prototypical slot receiver that can dominate the game on the ground as well.
Our only concern is his size, as his listed 170+ size might be a bit generous. If he can convince teams that he can hold up to the NFL grind,