Former Liberty County High School and University of Georgia Bulldog safety Richard LeCounte was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round and 169th pick overall.
LeCounte was expected to be picked sooner but many NFL scouts still had lingering questions about his health after a motorcycle accident in October of 2020 ended his football season early. LeCounte was briefly hospitalized but has since, made a full recovery.
"I am ready to learn. I am ready to work,” he told reporters after his draft. “I am ready to get to it," It has been an overwhelming process, as you guys know, from my accident in October to now. It has been a long journey. The things that I am able to bring to the table are unmatched. I was able to recover 100 percent, and I am ready to get on a roll."
The Browns Player Personnel Scout, Colton Chapple, said the Browns were excited to get an experienced and productive safety. He said the team watched LeCounte improve over the years.
“He proved himself to be a guy to make plays in the back,” Chapple said. “He is a guy that plays really well in the post. Is more of a free safety type. Has excellent skills especially in zone. He plays with great eyes and anticipation and sees the field really well. And he looks to run through you as a tackler.”
LeCounte thanked the Browns for giving him a chance to play.
"I knew wherever I go, I am able to get out there and showcase my talents,” LeCounte said. “I am so glad that the Cleveland Browns gave me a shot to show what I can do. I can't wait to get out there and run around."
His mother Erika LeCounte thanked the community for the continued support of her son.