Photo of Ricardo Louis
Drafted By: Browns

Combine Results

Grade
5.46 ?
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Browns' receiver depth was bone dry so this is a need selection. Louis stepped up as Auburn's go-to guy in 2015 and flashes some explosive run-after-catch ability. He's probably limited to a subpackage role during his first couple seasons. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 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 TD receiving; 198 rush yards). Louis started five games as a junior though his statistics didn’t improve (21-261, three TD; 220 yards, one TD rushing) 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 TD; 158 yards, one TD rushing) despite the team's suddenly mediocre quarterback play.


Pro Day Results


Short shuttle: 4.32 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.96 seconds

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.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"I think he takes baby steps into his routes and he doesn't go attack the football like he needs too. I also think he struggles to get out of his routes. He tested through the roof though, so he's a big question mark for me. Hard to grade." -- NFC receivers coach

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
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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