With the 32nd-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Ryan Ramczyk out of the University of Wisconsin.
This is one of the most loaded draft classes in quite some time, and yet the offensive linemen of starting quality appear few and far between. Ramczyk is one of the few many believe can step in and start right away.
Ramczyk lined up as a left tackle for the University of Wisconsin, and projects to stay at that spot in the NFL. However, he could begin his career on the right side to ease into the position should he struggle early on. The former Badgers star appears to have the goods to begin his career in the line’s premier spot, but offseason surgery on his hip might cause a setback.
The youngster was not able to participate at his pro day or the Scouting Combine because of the aforementioned surgery, but his tape tells all we want to know. The strength is clearly there, while the technique and footwork is more polished here than with most prospects. Ramczyk has a unique skill set that should be utilized in the screen game.
Ramczyk is one of the few offensive linemen in this draft that should start from Week 1. While there are going to be some growing pains, look for him to step in and log quality snaps, much as Ronnie Stanley did for the Baltimore Ravens last year.