Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will remain as teammates in 2013.
On Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft, Stedman Bailey joined Tavon Austin as wide receivers in the St. Louis Rams’ incoming class. With both players being highly productive in college and selected in the first three rounds, they’re likely to see a lot of playing time at the next level.
They also relieve the Rams of the need to draft another receiver on the final day. St. Louis still has depth needs on defense, the offensive line and—if the Rams are not going to run with Terrance Ganaway—a running back with size.
Teams’ pursuit of offensive linemen slowed on Day 2, suggesting that USC’s Khaled Holmes could still be in play in the mid-fourth round. Maybe the St. Louis Rams decide to fill in their offensive line depth chart with undrafted free agents or bargain veterans.
If they elect to use a mid- to late-round pick on one, Holmes’ experience at USC should be helpful as a backup option.
After no running backs heard their names called on Day 1, a number of rushers got selected on Day 2. Marcus Lattimore, perhaps the most talented of them all, wasn’t one of them.
A segment of the draft community opined that the St. Louis Rams needed to choose a running back as early as Day 1. With the position’s strength being flexed in the middle rounds, Lattimore in the fifth—or anytime on Day 3—is much more attractive than any other rusher would’ve been, had he been chosen in the first 32 picks.
St. Louis could capitalize on gun-shy GMs if his medical concerns prove to outweigh his potential.
The St. Louis Rams’ selection of T.J. McDonald in the third round when he was expected to go in the sixth shows how much they value size at the safety spot. McDonald’s strength is said to be his ability to play in the box—where St. Louis positioned Quintin Mikell in 2012—so they still need a guy who can cover long-term.
At 6’1”, 207 pounds, Josh Evans showed he could cover ground at the NFL combine: He gained top performer honors in the three-cone drill (6.64 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.10 seconds). Evans had three interceptions in his final six collegiate games, including his last bowl appearance against Louisville.
If selected to play for the St. Louis Rams, Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter wouldn’t have to start right away. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree should be able to handle things in that regard.
Porter would provide depth and, perhaps, a special-teams presence as he awaits an opportunity to show up more often when his team’s on defense.
He closed his career with three sacks and an interception in his last seven games, including one sack in a bowl game blowout of Oklahoma.
Jamal Collier is the St. Louis Rams draft correspondent for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @StatManJ.