Austin had to diagram everyone and everything involved.
"They gave me a 95 percent, but they also told me, 'That five percent lost the game, Tavon,'" Austin said.
The Rams made life easier for themselves and more familiar for Austin by taking WVU receiver Stedman Bailey in the third round. The contract for the No. 92 pick is for about $2.7 million with about $539,000 guaranteed.
"I would say we're both very dynamic football players," said Bailey, who told reporters he was named after Oprah Winfrey's longtime boyfriend, Stedman Graham. "Tavon is very elusive. You can use Tavon quite a (few) different ways. That's what makes him such a dynamic player. You can line him up in the backfield. You can put him the slot, kick return, punt return. He does all of that extremely well.
"I'm more of a receiver that can line up on the outside. I can get in the slot and work. I'm definitely a guy that can get on special teams."
Bailey had a meeting in St. Louis around the same time as Austin and they worked out together with the Rams in Morgantown.
"A good story from that one is the quarterbacks went and said, 'We thought Stedman was a teammate and was along for the ride. We didn't know who he was,' and they came out of the workout going, 'Wow, that guy is actually a good player,'" Rams General Manager Les Snead said.
Quarterback Geno Smith was also drafted and now enters a crowded situation with the New York Jets. The second-round pick, who can sign a $5 million contract with about $2 million guaranteed to the No. 30 pick, is one of six quarterbacks on the roster, including former first-round pick Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and free agent acquisition David Garrard.
The Jets will have to make room for Smith and that might mean a costly decision to cut Sanchez, now infamous for last season's "butt fumble" against the New England Patriots. Smith has had fumbling problems, too, and he was asked about that in his introductory press conference Sunday.
"I think it needs to improve," he said. "Obviously, at the quarterback position I've got to take care of the ball - 32 fumbles is way too many and I'm going to look to improve on that."
Five other former Mountaineers agreed to undrafted free agent contracts: Offensive linemen Josh Jenkins (Seahawks), Jeff Braun (Ravens) and Joe Madsen (Steelers), running back Shawne Alston (Saints) and receiver J.D. Woods (Steelers).
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.