Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Cowboys make draft-day trade for Rams WR Tavon Austin

Cowboys make draft-day trade for Rams WR Tavon Austin

Following Saturday's trade, Austin should find himself in more comfortable surroundings as he seeks to evolve into a consistent threat-no matter how he receives his touches.

The Dallas Cowboys continued to rebuild their wide receiver corps during the NFL Draft with a trade bringing them the speedy Tavon Austin. Austin likely would have been a cap-casualty and would not make the 53-man roster for the Rams in the upcoming season.

The move comes after Dallas released Dez Bryant earlier in the offseason.

The compensation heading to Los Angeles is only a sixth-round selection, No. 192 overall. Austin has made just 15 career catches on balls thrown at least 15 yards downfield, according to ESPN.

Austin, 27, is a short-statured shifty wideout who best operates out of the slot within a spread-type offense-obviously, this caters more to the collegiate world. Austin was a two-time First Team All-American for the Mountaineers, forming part of the core of a deadly West Virginia offense that featured future National Football League players Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.

Austin has had 194 catches for 1,689 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.

Dallas' current wide-receiving look on the depth chart isn't anything to write home about. That's how they view Tavon Austin.

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