In the days leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher started hearing rumors of wideout Tavon Austin rising on opposing teams draft boards and knew they had to make a move. The Rams traded their 16th overall pick, along with a 2nd round pick and a 7th round pick to the Bills for the 8th overall selection to take the 5’ 8”, 174 pound playmaker from West Virginia. Fisher believes the multi-purpose Austin will be a key piece of their offense and his small stature won’t be an issue.
“Sam (Bradford) is a tall quarterback; he can find a shorter receiver,” said Fisher. “That’s why we really honed in on this player, because Sam’s got such a quick release, he throws with great accuracy and he sees the field.”
Fisher expects big things from the franchise quarterback and his new weapon.
“I think this is the beginning of something special between the two of them,” said Fisher, who was 7-8-1 in his first season with the Rams.
Later, the Rams sent their 22nd overall selection to the Atlanta Falcons for the 30th overall pick, a 3rd and a 6th. St. Louis used the extra first round pick on Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.
“We had him as a Top 15 talent,” said Fisher. “We expected [him] to fall because of some bonehead decisions that he made.”
Ogletree’s troubles include stealing a fellow student’s motorcycle helmet, a 4-game suspension for violating a team substance abuse policy at Georgia, and being arrested on suspicion of DUI a week before the Combine.
“He was just young immature and kind of a knucklehead, who gave into some peer pressure and made some bad decisions,” said Fisher.
After doing their research, Fisher felt confident that Ogletree’s issues behind him.
“The most important thing for him is to come in here, be a good teammate, learn our defense, and help us on the football field,” said Fisher. “We will help him off the field.”