Tavon Austin has been part of the St. Louis Rams for barely two weeks. He already has millions of fans. The 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has also found an expanded array of, um, well wishers blowing up his phone.
The rookie receiver explained the biggest change he's dealt with since being drafted after the first day of the Rams' rookie minicamp on Friday:
Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money. Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn't stop ringing now. It feels like they're counting my bank account now. So that's probably the hardest thing for me right now, just people.
I've got a lot of cousins now.
People, man... People are awesome!
This is actually a big part of the rookie orientation process, teaching kids not to get into financial trouble as the posee grows.
Last year's ninth pick, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, got a fully guaranteed $12.58 million deal. Austin can expect something similar thanks to the ease of the rookie slotting system laid out in the 2011 CBA.
Austin has a plan to deal with the potential distracts: his mother.
We're going to just try to keep focused and let my mother and all of them handle it.