Posted: Apr 27, 2013 10:19 AM by Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams selected Southern California safety T.J. McDonald in the third round of the NFL draft.
The 6-2, 219-pound McDonald led the Trojans with 112 tackles as a senior and could fill one of the Rams' two starting vacancies at safety.
McDonald's father, Tim McDonald, was a six-time Pro Bowl player who was a rookie with the Cardinals in 1987, their final season in St. Louis before moving to Arizona.
The Rams selected their second prolific West Virginia wide receiver of the NFL draft, taking Stedman Bailey in the third round.
The Rams traded up eight spots in the first round to get Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick Thursday night. One day later, they added Bailey, who has 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed, with the 92nd pick.
The 5-9 1-2, 197-pound Bailey caught 114 passes for 25 touchdowns with a 14.2-yard average. He had 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns against Baylor and had four touchdowns catches against Oklahoma.
St. Louis filled another of need later in the first round, taking linebacker Alec Ogletree with the 30th pick.