With the 114th pick in the 4th round, the Cleveland Browns have chosen Auburn Wide Receiver Ricardo Louis. He'll join fellow Tiger Shon Coleman, who was drafted last night by the Browns in Round 3.
Ricardo Louis' Auburn career didn't go quite as he'd planned. A prized recruit in 2012, he briefly decommitted from the Tigers and chose Florida State. He decided to stick with Auburn in the end, though, and suffered through the 2012 season before finding a roll as the speed sweep and deep receiver for the 2013 Tigers.
He came so close to being the target of fans' ire for that 2013 UGA game. He ran into Tre Smith on a handoff, causing a fumble (which Auburn recovered) and led to an Auburn punt in one of the Tigers' late drives to run out the clock. If Auburn had lost the game, that would have been the biggest takeaway.
Fortunately for him, and all of us, though, that wasn't what we remember about Ricardo Louis from that night.
Whatever else he did at Auburn, that one moment will live forever.
In 2014, Louis had a decently productive year having to share catches with Sammie Coates and Duke Williams. 2015 was supposed to be his year, and it certainly started out that way as he was the target of most passes in the early games. However, Auburn's offensive struggles led to much fewer downfield passes, and as a result Ricardo Louis - who also missed a few games with an injury - faded down the stretch.
Louis has speed, we know that. He can take a speed sweep to the house as he did against South Carolina in 2014. He can get behind the DBs. The one knock I could have on him was he was inconsistent with catching the football. That was a problem for all of Auburn's receivers, though.
Louis indicated in the Combine that he's willing to change positions in the NFL, and he performed some DB drills. It will be interesting to see how he's utilized.
He's a hard worker. He's a dedicated teammate.