Friday, April 26, 2013
How Rams kept building at wide receiver
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams' bold move up the draft board to select Tavon Austin was not their final move for a wide receiver in the 2013 NFL draft. Stedman Bailey, chosen Friday with the 92nd overall choice, comes to St. Louis as a polished possession receiver coming off a season in which he led the nation in touchdown receptions with 25.
Bailey played with Austin at West Virginia. Scouting one of them meant scouting the other, so the Rams should have a very good feel for both players and how the two could compliment one another.
St. Louis now has a young fleet of receiving targets for quarterback Sam Bradford. Austin and Bailey join Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks in that regard.
The Rams selected Bailey with a pick acquired from Atlanta in the trade that allowed the Falcons to climb from 30th to 22nd in the first round. That trade was critical for the Rams, in my view, because the team had given up considerable capital in moving up eight spots to get Austin. The trade down from No. 22 recouped picks and allowed the Rams to address other needs. The trade armed St. Louis with the 30th, 92nd and 198th picks.