This week in fascinating, but non-essential questions: Which player from the St. Louis Rams roster is the fastest?
In this corner, you've got 2013 first-round pick Tavon Austin. A lightening bolt out of West Virginia, his blazing speed and incredible quickness made Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid offense the toast of the Big 12, a conference in desperate need of toasting these days.
Austin turned some heads at the February Scouting Combine when he turned in an official 40 time of 4.34 seconds. A few stopwatches clocked him as fast as 4.22 seconds.
"He stops on a dime, and he leaves change." -Cortland Finneganto SI travel correspondent Peter King
In this corner is second-year receiver and the most underrated player on the roster, Chris Givens. The Rams found Givens, a Wake Forest product, gift wrapped for them in the fourth round of last year's draft. Injuries pushed Givens down draft boards. His speed, however, was no secret.
Givens ran an official 4.41 second 40 yard dash at the 2012 Combine. Some had him clocked at 4.3 seconds at various points during the lead up to the draft.
Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) August 13, 2013
Strickland did not respond when asked whether that was the result of a foot race at Rams Park.
And the winner is ...
The St. Louis Rams
Yes, we're all winners here because the Rams have some incredible athletes at wide receiver ready to stretch fields and strain defenses. The combo of Austin and Givens on the field at the same time opens up wild possibilities, new chapters of the playbook that coordinators dream about.
It's going to be a fun year for watching the Rams receivers (apologies to Bernie Kosar).