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2016 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Pick WR Ricardo Louis at No. 114 Overall

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With the No. 114 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected WR Ricardo Louis (6-2, 215 lbs) of Auburn. This was originally set to be the Browns' pick at No. 100, but they traded out of it. It ended up being their second pick of the fourth round.

Despite adding Corey Coleman with the 15th overall pick, the Browns still desperately needed help at the wide receiver position with Josh Gordon's future in the NFL and the Browns in doubt. Coleman is a dynamic, fast receiver, but Louis can complement him with a bigger presence, although he's also viewed as a developmental prospect. With all due respect to the Browns' receivers that were already on the roster, Robert Griffin III now has a major upgrade in young talent at the position.

Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar, who pegged Louis as a 7th-round pick:

An on and off starter at Auburn, Louis was lost on the depth chart as an underclassman and best known as the receiver who caught the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare" in the win over Georgia (Nov. 2013). But with Sammie Coates off to the NFL and Duke Williams kicked off the team, Louis emerged from the shadows as Auburn’s top pass-catcher in 2015 and was productive despite poor quarterback play. He accelerates well in his routes with strong cuts in his breaks, but lacks nuance in his patterns and the film doesn’t show much route diversity. Although he is capable of the acrobatic grab due to his length and athleticism, Louis has shown unreliable ballskills over his career and there isn’t much that separates him as a player right now – late round size/speed developmental project who might benefit from a position switch to the secondary.

What do you think, Browns fans?

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