Despite receiving numerous offers from FBS and FCS schools upon graduating high school as an all-state offensive linemen, Ryan Ramczyk elected to enroll at a technical school (UW-Stevens Point) at the D-III level in order to stay closer to home. This year, he made the jump all the way to Big Ten football and made the most of it, finishing the year as a conference 1st Team All-American, and top NFL Draft prospect.
Ramczyk is your typical Wisconian. Like we saw with fellow Badger Joe Thomas back when he was drafted in 2007, Ramczyk is your typical outdoors boy who enjoys fishing and hunting. A mild-mannered dude, Ramczyk is reliable in the trenches and gets the job done. While not flashy up front, he does what’s asked of him. This past season he allowed only 1 sack and 8 pressures according to PFF. Ramczyk is set to be drafted in the 1st round.
Name: Ryan Ramczyk
Class: Junior (RS)
Comparison: Doug Free (Dallas Cowboys)
Draft Grade: Late 1st Round
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Positives: Reliable, sound, disciplined technician. Viable play strength. Knows how to position his upper body with steady body control. Displays good twist. Keeps good stance/pad level on bull rush. Rock-solid blindside tackle who can usually clear the edge for the running game. Excels at recovering if initially beat on rush. Recovers well if pushed. Resets against quick rushers and can win the edge. Offers lateral stability on foot slide. Steers rushers away from the QB. Jolts off the line into the 2nd level on shifts. Timely arm extension – throws them out when rusher is about to get the edge. Keeps chipping on push blocks. Finishes blocks. Understands complex blitzing schemes. Quick pickup off pulls. Allowed only one sack and 8 pressures this past season according to PFF. Disciplined player who rarely gets a penalty called. Battle tested and played against the likes of Taco Charlton, Sam Hubbard and Arden Key.
Negatives: A little stiff and tight in the lower body. Not a natural weight shifter. Too much forward lean at times leaving him vulnerable to the spin move. Struggles against quick, handsy rushers. Lacks swiftness on cut blocks. Not an overwhelming athlete – looks slow when demanded to block downfield and in 2nd level. Will allow a quick disengagement when the QB steps up in the pocket. Struggles a bit against stunts. Falls over a couple times per game. Underwent hip surgery following Wisconsin’s bowl game.
Outlook: Ramczyk isn’t flashy and surely doesn’t standout on the tape, but he does what’s asked of him and gets the job done. Not the most athletic, but Ramczyk has viable play strength and understands how to adjust to different pass rush moves and angles. He’s a sturdy option at left tackle in the NFL and should have a 10+ year career. Due to demand at the position, Ramczyk will be a 1st round pick and very well could be the top offensive tackle off the board.