The St. Louis Rams selected West Virginia WR Tavon Austin Thursday.
photo courtesy of West Virginia University
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks were forced to sit around and watch the first round of the NFL Draft while the rest of the NFC West (theoretically) got better around them.
With no first round pick, Seattle had to sit and wait for day two of the draft to come on Friday where the Seahawks the 56th overall selection. Meanwhile, division rivals Arizona and San Francisco each were able to address areas of need
The Arizona Cardinals added to their offensive line in selected North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper with the seventh overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers traded up from No. 31 overall to the 18th pick in order to select S Dashon Goldson's replacement in LSU S Eric Reid.
The St. Louis Rams also traded up from the 16th pick to No. 8 in order to take West Virginia WR Tavon Austin. Despite moving up eight picks, the Rams managed to keep their second first round pick in the process. The Rams then traded down from No. 22 to select Georgia LB Alec Ogletree with the 31st pick.
Cooper is considered a really high level guard prospect that should help repair a Cardinals' offensive line that was porous at best last season.
Austin was the most dynamic playmaker in the draft and gives QB Sam Bradford an intriguing weapon in the Rams offense. Austin's ability to run after the catch is spectacular as he compared loosely to new Seahawks WR Percy Harvin. Ogletree is an interesting selection as the Rams didn't seem to be in desperate need of linebacker help but were obviously looking for an upgrade. Ogletree will likely play weakside linebacker for St. Louis.
The 49ers were able to move up 13 picks for only the cost of a third round draft pick in order to take Reid. He was the second safety selected after Texas S Kenny Vaccaro was selected three picks earlier by the New Orleans Saints. With Goldson leaving for Tampa Bay the 49ers needed to find a replacement alongside Whitner. They appear to have done so with the selection of Reid.
Seattle will get their first pick on Friday. They may wait until the No. 56 pick rolls around but it wouldn't be a surprise for them to try and move up in the second round either if there is a player they covet.