The St. Louis Rams traded up from the #16 spot to the #8 spot during the 2013 NFL Draft to select Tavon Austin from West Virginia University. After giving up a second and seventh round pick (and swapping thirds) to Buffalo, St. Louis is hoping Austin can be their number one wide receiver. Over the last few weeks, with organized team activities and mandatory mini-camps getting under way, Austin is already showing he can be Sam Bradford’s go to guy next season.
During Tuesday’s team practice, Tavon Austin juked punter Johnny Hekker so bad he had to fake an injury.
Lightning-quick first-round draft pick Tavon Austin ran up against Hekker — one of the most athletic punters in the NFL — as the last line of defense in a return drill in Tuesday’s practice. The series of events that ensued thereafter left teammates in stitches, as relayed by ESPN.com’s Mike Sando.
Austin began a series of moves that left Hekker stone-footed near the sideline as the rookie raced past. Realizing he would soon be roasted by teammates, Hekker dropped to the ground and faked a hamstring injury in an attempt to gain sympathy in light of the obvious mismatch.
The team made sure to make fun of Hekker for his obviously fake injury.
“Come on, that is hilarious,” corner back Cortland Finnegan said of the incident. “(Austin) is the real deal, man.”
Hekker even took to Twitter following yesterday’s practice to back up the story that Austin broke his ankles so bad he had to fake an injury.
— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) June 11, 2013
The Rams have to be hoping that Austin is able to break a few ankles throughout the season and help the team improve on last year’s 7-8 record.
Until the season begins, Austin will have to stick to breaking ankles in practice and leaving his victims to fake an injury to save face.