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  • Package No. 16 and second round pick to jump to 9-12 range.

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  • Package No. 16 and third round pick to jump to 13-15 range.

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  • Invest No. 16 pick, but no more.

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  • Invest No. 22 pick, plus a later pick to move to 17-21.

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    What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Of all the players in the draft, the one who seems to evoke the most passion among Rams fans is Tavon Austin. This is not surprising as, whether or not he's the best player in the draft, he certainly has the best highlight film.

    The question is, how far would you be willing to go to get him?

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I would go as high as the #16 pick and a 3rd rounder to move up a couple of spots, but only if Chance Warmack and Cordarrelle Patterson are already gone.
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I agree he is evokes a passionate response from everyone.....

    I just want to go on record as saying a personally do not want him as one of our First Round choices unless we trade down for more/multiple picks.....

    I think he is most similar to Darren Sproles and isn't worth Round 1 money nor passing on an every down player that would otherwise be chosen to make as a solid team.

    I think Austin should/will be reserved for teams that don't have many offensive needs and just want to add a final piece.

    I think his 'wow' factor is above his production numbers....i.e. Peter Warrick
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I will also note that this poll is somewhat pre-emptive.

    Here's the point...

    If you want Austin, but are not willing to invest more than the #16 pick, you can't complain later if some team (i.e. the Niners) jump up to say... #13, and get him before the Rams get a chance.

    Not that anyone here would do that...

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Don't need 'em... Don't want 'em.... can't win with 'em. I want winners!

    Ok, enough of the Singletary sound track... We have guys who can do well in the slot, and despite the advocates saying that he will go crazy in the NFL, Austin didn't "go crazy" in college against much less defensive talent than he will see in the NFC West, especially. I could be wrong, and he could get dramatically better, but if I'm drafting a receiver in the first round, I want him to average more than 11.5 yards per catch, especially when height is a limitation.

    If we go 1st round WR, give me Patterson or Allen.
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Invest No. 16 pick, but no more. But only if these players are gone.

    Chance Warmack
    Jonathan Cooper
    D.J. Fluker

    I like him at 16 but really like him at 22.
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Forget Geno Smith; where does his favorite target go in draft?
    By Clark Judge

    April 3, 2013

    Forget Geno Smith; where does his favorite target go in draft? - CBSSports.com

    Geno Smith is the best quarterback in this year's draft, but he's not the best player in this draft from West Virginia. Tavon Austin is.

    But don't expect him to be chosen first. It won't happen, and it won't happen for the simplest of reasons: Good quarterbacks are harder to find than good running backs or good wide receivers.

    But Austin isn't a running back or wide receiver. He's both. And he's so good that he produced 572 yards all-purpose yards in one game last season, averaging a staggering 17.1 yards per touch. He also was named winner of the Johnny Rodgers Award, given annually to the nation's top return specialist, and I think you begin to get the picture.

    Tavon Austin is the complete package, the most dynamic player in the draft and someone who demands as much attention as his teammate, Geno Smith.

    "He's a matchup nightmare," said former Dallas executive Gil Brandt, now with NFL.com. "If you're St. Louis or Minnesota and have two first-round picks, this is not a luxury pick. It's a great pick. You're looking at Darren Sproles, though he might be more of a factor."

    Like Sproles, Austin is short. He's 5-foot-8 1/2. Like Sproles, he doesn't weigh much. He's 174 pounds. Like Sproles, he's fast, ripping off a 4.32 40 at the annual scouting combine in February. But, unlike Sproles, he won't last until the fourth round. He'll go in the first, with some boards ranking him among their top 10 -- or higher than Geno Smith.

    "At 5-8 1/2," a scout once told me, "he'd have to walk on water for me to take him in the first round."

    That was February. I checked with him again this week, and he told me he'd changed his mind. He not only has Austin in his first round, he has him in the top half.

    "I thought you told me you wouldn't take him unless he walked on water," I said.

    "I did," he said, "but he does."

    OK, so that's an exaggeration. But Austin's stock is rising for a number of reasons: 1) He's versatile, someone who, like a Randall Cobb, Percy Harvin or Sproles, can beat you from a variety of positions; 2) he is, as Brandt said, "a matchup nightmare" in a game that is all about matchups; 3) he's explosive in a game that stresses bursts and separation, and 4) he's productive, scoring 17 times last season and producing more than 100 catches for the second straight year.

    "Everybody talks about Wes Welker and how he catches 100 passes every year," said an NFC scout, "but the thing about this guy is that he makes those catches and scores with the ball. That's what makes him so difficult to defend.

    "He really is the complete player. He's difficult to handle one-on-one, he's really smart, his yards after catch are incredible and he secures the football. It doesn't matter where you run him: Across the middle, deep, short. He's going to catch the ball."

    Granted, he's small. But so is Sproles, and all I know about him is that San Diego hasn't recovered from his loss. Sproles was a third-down threat who could score from anywhere, and the Chargers were a high-powered offense with him on the field. But without him, they weren't the same. Their losses went up, Philip Rivers' productivity went down and the club never finished above .500.

    Though Austin is more a receiver than running back, he has the same effect. He can turn a 5-yard swing pass into a 20-yard gain. He dissected Oklahoma for 344 yards rushing. And he can break open a tight contest with an electrifying kick return.

    "If you play one-on-one in basketball," said Brandt, "this would be your guy."

    Nevertheless, you won't find his name in the top 10 of most mock drafts, and size is one reason. Then there's the idea that you don't spend a top-10 pick on someone who might not be on the field for more than 50 percent of the snaps.

    OK, I get that. What I don't get is why more people aren't talking about Austin and what he -- not Smith -- can do for his next football team.

    "I don't know," said Brandt, "but I've never seen a draft like this. I guarantee you, if you ask 10 people who their first 10 players are, you'd get 10 different answers."

    Maybe. But there should be a consensus on Austin.

    "He's the one offensive player that teams at the back end of the draft will trade up for," said a scout. "And there's a reason: Because this game is all about running a guy on the field that you can't cover and can't handle and then getting the ball to him. And that guy is Tavon Austin."

    I'll abstain from voting .. Warmack is who I hope is still there at #16, (fat chance right?). I'll just have to trust Les & Fish. I really don't know. If they think Austin's as good as all the hype, then they may make a move, but I'm guessing we stay put.
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    The first thing that popped in my head when I read the poll title was the Klondike bar song. Also I voted not more than pick 22.

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I wanted "other" I would have voted for Round 2 or moving up after we get our Round 1 picks completed.....

    Many think its not possible., but I could see him going later in Round 1....

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I tend to agree with Rambos. I'd take him at 16 if some of the other prospects are off the board, namely the Top 5-6 OL. I'd feel better about him at 22 though theres a good chance he doesnt get there.

    I'm still a bit hung up on the Rams already having a featured slot weapon in Cook, and maybe a guy more capable of playing outside (Patterson, Allen, Hopkins?) would be a better choice given our personnel.

    I'm open to Austin if the Rams think they can maximize his potential, but as I like the Day Two depth in this class, I wouldn't want to trade up to secure him.

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    As much as I love Tavon Austin, I'd hope he's there at 16. And if he were, I'd draft him over anybody on the board. But I'd only be willing to move up if it's the fortuniners I'm moving in front of.

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    I think he is most similar to Darren Sproles and isn't worth Round 1 money nor passing on an every down player that would otherwise be chosen to make as a solid team.
    If a Darren Sproles-type career is the "floor" for Tavon Austin, I think that's still pretty good
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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie25 View Post
    If a Darren Sproles-type career is the "floor" for Tavon Austin, I think that's still pretty good
    Yeah, I think that is really good too....I having been comparing him to Sproles even before other "scouts" have, but don't get be wrong thats a great career --- just don't want to waste our Round 1 pick on a Sproles type guy.....especially not with all the other talent on the board.

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    I picked don't want him.

    Actually would love to have him, but not a slot receiver in first round. The Rams have to many needs. If Bradford doesn't get more time in the pocket it won't matter what wide receiver the Rams draft.

    Some these wide receivers could be great options for a slot receiver in later rounds.
    Would rather take slot WR's Robert Woods or Markus Wheaton in the second round.
    Maybe Ryan Swope or Quiton Patton in third round.
    How about Josh Boyce or Denard Robinson in the fifth.

    Rams need a true number one receiver more than a slot receiver.

    Hope the Rams fix O-line first. Fixing line will help the Rams new running backs.

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    Re: What would you be willing to do to get Tavon Austin?

    For the last couple years, when the Rams team was down, SJax has been the one to create a spark to fire the others up. Now, he's gone. This kid Austin looks like a natural spark plug. Whether it be from a kick return or turning 3rd and 10 into 1st and goal, whoever gets him will most likely get a boost to their team.

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