The St. Louis Rams weren't going to let the 2011 NFL draft get away without selecting a wide receiver. They took one in the third round Friday, selecting Austin Pettis from Boise State with the 78th overall pick.
Pettis was the eighth receiver selected in this draft. A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Jonathan Baldwin were first-round picks. Titus Young, Torrey Smith, Greg Little and Randall Cobb were second-rounders. Pettis was the first receiver chosen in the third round; Washington took Leonard Hankerson one pick later.
Pettis is a big receiver -- 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds -- known for having sure hands and the ability to make the spectacular grab. He does not fall into the "burner" category, but he fits the mold of bigger receivers favored by new coordinator Josh McDaniels.