The St. Louis Rams have the 16th overall selection of the NFL draft.
Whether West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin will remain available for their first-round pick is debatable with his draft stock regarded as being on the rise, but the Rams continued their due diligence on the former Dunbar star Thursday.
Austin conducted a private workout for the Rams in Morgantown, W. Va., continuing his meetings with the NFC West club after previously visiting them in St. Louis.
Austin has also visited the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Rams, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers.
Austin has had meetings or private workouts with the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.
Although undersized at 5 feet 8, 174 pounds, Austin's moves and acceleration are rare.
"I’ve been a little guy my whole life," Austin said during the combine. "I’m a little guy, but I play big."
Austin had a stellar career for the Mountaineers and a strong performance at the combine. He caught 288 career passes in college for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns, also rushing for 1,033 yards and six touchdowns.
Last season, Austin caught 112 passes for 1,289 yards and a dozen touchdowns. He rushed for 643 yards and three touchdowns.
Austin said he emulates Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker.
"He's a phenomenal player,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during a conference call. “I saw him in high school here at Dunbar in Baltimore, and he was outstanding. He was a man among boys. He's just tremendously electrifying, great quickness. I think Tavon is going to have a heck of a career.
“He is a touchdown maker, he is a scoreboard changer. You can get him the ball in terms of a running game, you can get him the ball on reverses, the wide receiver screens to get him in space, the return game. He’s dynamic.”
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