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When the St. Louis Rams moved up in the draft to take West Virginia standout Tavon Austin, many thought that they had secured a true #1 target for Sam Bradford. However, according to reports from practice, he might continue to get rushing touches as well. The Rams continue to give him reps in a variety of sets, making him possibly the most versatile rookie in 2013.
At West Virginia, his final season numbers resembled what you might find in video game land. He caught 114 passes for 1289 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he also carried the ball 72 times for 643 yards and three additional touchdowns. However, many thought that the versatility would have to come to an end once he reached the NFL level. The Rams, at least right now, think differently.
Speed is the name of the game for the smaller Austin, and the turf in St. Louis should allow him to cut up defenses. One of the biggest issues with the Rams the last few seasons is they simply did not have enough play-makers on offense to help out former #1 pick Sam Bradford. While some have been frustrated with Bradford up to this point in his career, this will be the first time he should not have any excuses as far as getting help goes.
The most common comparison to Austin at the NFL level is one of the favorites in fantasy football leagues, Percy Harvin. The new Seattle Seahawk is a receiver who can also be a dual offensive threat. Injuries are always a concern when you work a player in so many ways, but the Rams feel as though they have the best skill player in the draft. If he can stay healthy, chances are he will have the opportunity to be the offensive rookie of the year as a big play-maker for the Rams.