Video: Tavon Austin, No. 8 to St. Louis

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Tavon Austin was drafted No. 8 overall by the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, and was the first skill position player to be taken in the draft.

St. Louis traded up for Austin, who's stock was on the rise, in order to snag him at No. 8. The New York Jets, which had the No. 9 pick, had shown significant interest in West Virginia's former do-it-all playmaker.

Was a fairly stunning turn of events that teammate Geno Smith was not drafted in the first round. Though after he was passed up at No. 13 by the New York Jets, it seemed plausible he would drop into the second round considering the needs of the teams left.

Jacksonville and Philadelphia both have early second round picks and those are good guesses as to where Smith might go. Though of course it's anyone's guess. 

Here is video of Tavon Austin's press conference at Radio City Music Hall, courtesy Greg Madia, special to the Post-Gazette.

Smith was unavailable for an interview.


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