Former West Virginia inside receiver Tavon Austin was selected No. 8 overall by the St. Louis Rams last night in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Rams traded up eight spots to get arguably the most electrifying player in the draft.
Many WVU fans thought it was likely that Austin would land in the top 10, following many positive visits with NFL teams these past few months. The Rams were able to make sure that no other team, including the New York Jets with the No. 9 selection, was able to get the speedy receiver.
Here’s Austin’s press conference following his big night:
In a bit of a surprise, former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith did not get drafted in the first round, as many had projected.
Only one quarterback was selected in the first round — E.J. Manuel out of Florida State, who went No. 16 overall to the Buffalo Bills.
No running back was selected in the first round for the first time in 50 years.
For Smith, many were questioning if the star quarterback would stick around for the second round tonight, and it appears as if he will stay in New York City for another day. He is likely to land early in the second round.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered some words of encouragement for Smith:
Hang in there Geno, “good things come to those who wait” -Paul Tagliabue
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 26, 2013