Photo of Ricardo Louis
Grade
5.19 ?
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 215LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Louis is part of Auburn football lore because of his miracle catch on a tipped pass to beat rival Georgia with less than a minute remaining in 2013. That catch helped his team get to the BCS Championship Game that season, although he contributed more than just one play during the season (seven starts, 28-325, two touchdowns; 198 rush yards). Louis started five games as a junior though his statistics didn't improve (21-261, three touchdowns; 220 yards, one rushing touchdown) because of a deep receiving corps including "Duke" Williams and Sammie Coates. With Williams dismissed during the 2015 season and Coates in the NFL, Louis got a chance to shine for pro scouts as a senior, making plays as the team's leading receiver (46-716, three scores; 158 yards, one rushing touchdown) despite the team's suddenly mediocre quarterback play.

Analysis

Strengths

Thickly built wide out with a frame comparable to a running back. Handled substantial workload increase with dismissal of Duke Williams. Former "catch­-and­-run" receiver who proved effective with more complex routes. Gets open downfield with crisp routes and acceleration out of his breaks. Uses leverage, head fakes and subtle directional change to separate. Makes first tackler miss and will finish his run with some pop. Ran sweeps in Auburn rush attack and showed good field vision as runner. Aware and effective with footwork near sideline. Second gear is present against cornerbacks on skinny posts.

Weaknesses

Issues with focus drops and hauling in the tough, downfield catch with greater consistency. Gives away receptions by waiting rather than working back to throws allowing defenders to close and defend. Scheme created several openings in coverage he was able to exploit. Has route "tell" tied to stride length off the line. Stride much different off snap for deeper routes. On underneath routes, tries to push cornerbacks with arm churn over early acceleration.

Sources Tell Us

"Don't see anything draftable about him. I don't like his routes and I don't like his hands. You like him better than me, I guess." -- NFC southeastern area scout

Bottom Line

This past season was Louis' first opportunity to be more than just a "run after catch" option and he showed potential as a downfield option. Louis has good size and could help himself with a good 40 time at the combine, but he's still raw and his hands aren't consistent enough. It may take a little while, but I see enough upside in Louis to consider him a future NFL backup with some "big slot" potential.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.