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Austin Drafted; Smith Waiting

It was ecstasy and agony for a pair of West Virginia Mountaineer teammates on Thursday at the NFL Draft in New York.

First for the good news. Mountaineer receiver Tavon Austin was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the eighth overall pick in the first round of the draft.

Not surprising since he was considered one of the top talents in the draft. Austin has 4.37 speed in the 40 and his speed, good hands, and open field running make him a big play threat every time he touches the ball..

The Rams believe Austin will give their young quarterback Sam Bradford an important new weapon on offense.

While Austin had his moment up on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the TV cameras, his teammate Geno Smith was left in the green room waiting to hear his name called.

It never was.

The first round of the draft ended late on Thursday with only one quarterback drafted. Florida State's E.J. Manuel was taken by the Buffalo Bills.

Smith was generally regarded as the best quarterback prospect in a weak field of passers this year.

He was a big play quarterback for the Mountaineers, who set records for accuracy, and pass completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes in a game.

Now Smith plays a waiting game to see who will give him an opportunity in the NFL Draft.


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