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2020 NFL Draft

Browns draft Auburn WR Ricardo Louis in 4th round

The Browns selected Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis with their second of four picks in Saturday's fourth round.

Louis (No. 114) is the seventh player to be selected by the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. He joins Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman (No. 15), Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (No. 32), Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (No. 65), Auburn offensive tackle Shon Coleman (No. 76) and USC quarterback Cody Kessler (No. 93), Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert (No. 99) as the newest Brown.

The Browns acquired the No. 114 pick in a trade with the Raiders.

Louis caught 98 passes for 1,338 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons with the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver had his best year in 2015, netting 46 catches for 716 yards and three touchdowns.

"I was little shocked because I had no previous contact with them. It was kind of surprising," he said on a conference call, "but I'm excited and blessed to be able to say that I'm a Cleveland Brown now."

Louis is perhaps best known for his "miracle catch' against Georgia in 2013, in which he hauled in a 73-yard hail mary with 25 seconds to play on 4th-and-18. The play gave the Tigers the win and kept their hopes of appearing in the national championship alive.

"Oh man, that game was just a blessing for me. Being able to be a part of a magical season like that and making the plays to help propel us to the National Championship, SEC Championship and everything that came after that kind of helped me become the person I am today," Louis said. "I learned a lot of lessons just from that one play."

Louis impressed at the combine, running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and posting a 132-inch broad jump and 38-inch vertical.

"I would say that the Browns saw things from me that other teams didn't see. They understand that I was in a scheme at Auburn that didn't require me to run very many routes, very diverse or complex routes and the fact that I was not developed as receiver at the time," he said.

"Going into the Combine, I wanted to prove to everybody that I was versatile and I was able to run routes and catch balls smooth and well. Doing that, looking ahead, they got to see that they can develop me and mold me into the receiver they want me to be."

The Miami, Florida, native also put up 18 reps on the bench press, tied for third-best of any receiver participating in Indianapolis.

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