Tavon Austin was the first Mountaineer off the board on Thursday as the St. Louis Rams traded up to add the former West Virginia star to their arsenal.
The Buffalo Bills had the No. 8 overall selection before trading back so that the Rams would take over the selection, which they used to pluck perhaps the most explosive offensive player off the draft board and give quarterback Sam Bradford a new target.
Buffalo traded its first round pick (8) and third round pick (71) for St. Louis' first (16), second (46), third (76) and seventh (222).
The Rams put together the NFL's 18th-best passing attack a season ago, averaging 221 yards per game under first-year head coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams lost their leading receiver, Danny Amendola, to the Patriots in the offseason. Austin is thought to be the perfect player to replace Amendola's production at the slot position and in the return game.
Austin's No. 8 overall selection is the best by a WVU player since Adam "Pacman" Jones went to the Tennessee Titans No. 6 in 2005.
We will have an interview with Austin up online shortly.