With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, concluding with the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams were without a second-round selection after trading the No. 46 overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in a day one deal that saw them move up and select West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. As a result, the club’s first pick of day two did not come until the 71st overall selection.
St. Louis used that pick in the third round to snag safety T.J. McDonald – a 6-foot-2, 219-pound product out of the USC – whose father, Tim, played in the NFL for 13 years at the same position, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.
McDonald joins Jeff Fisher’s defense after leading the Trojans with 112 tackles in 2012 and will likely step in to replace former Rams safety Craig Dahl, who signed with the 49ers in free agency this offseason.
The Rams circled back to add another wide receiver out of West Virginia with the 92nd overall pick – this time landing on the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Stedman Bailey.
Sometimes caught in Austin’s shadow while with Mountaineers, Bailey was a monster contributor in the Geno Smith-quarterbacked offense as well, grabbing 68 balls for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. He provides yet another weapon for Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, and joins a young and talented receiving corps that now features Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick.