2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Ryan Ramczyk


   

School:          Wisconsin
Ht:  6'6"       Wt:  314
Eligibility:      JR
Uniform:       #65
Position:      OT






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It is one thing for a player that has been in a college program learning for three years to break out as a redshirt junior, but Ramczyk is having success in only his second season in Madison. After playing his first two years at UW-Stevens Point, he redshirted in 2015 before starting at left tackle this year. He has done an admirable enough job to warrant the attention of NFL scouts, and with a class of eligible tackles that is underwhelming, he could parlay his success into being one of the top offensive linemen drafted.

Ramczyk certainly looks the part with a big frame and long arms. As a player, he profiles perfectly to be a right tackle in the NFL. He fires off the football in the run game and drives defenders. He needs to remember to keep his feet churning sometimes, and his initial punch could be a little more violent, but with some added bulk those issues should improve. He has the frame to add more strength, and I expect him to do just that once he gets in an NFL weight room. On the second level, he tends to lunge on occasion, but I see it as more of a footwork issue. He doesn't always keep his feet active, and it puts him out of position. At that point, he really has no choice. He has to continue to get better with his footwork, but with only two years in a big program and one on the field, I would expect improvement to come with experience.



As a pass protector, he seems to be more polished with his footwork. He may not ever have the kind of feet that will make him a candidate for a full-time job on the left side, but he does get into position quickly making it tougher for players to turn the corner on him. He put together some really good tape against Arden Key of LSU who is one of the top pass rushers eligible to be in the 2018 draft. Even more impressive is the fact that he was in his first action at the FBS level. Against Malik McDowell, he didn't have as much success which goes to show that he still has room for improvement, but the tools are there.



There is still plenty to speculate about when it comes to Ramczyk's stock. He is never going to be the kind of athlete that wows everyone, but I see the kind of player who makes the most of his skills. He plays with very good awareness and rarely misses an assignment. He also has a bit of a nasty streak and is often seen blocking to the whistle. My biggest question about him is whether or not he should choose to commit after this year. A lot of his issues (strength, footwork) are because he has only been at the FBS level for two years. Another year at Wisconsin could see him not only lock up a first-round grade but possibly even move him into the top half of the first round.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers)

Strengths
- Terrific size for the position
- Long arms with strong hands
- Bends at the knees and stays low
- Great awareness
- Nasty streak

Weaknesses
- Experience at the highest level is limited
- Feet are on the heavy side
- Needs to add bulk to his frame as well as his lower-half
- Athleticism will limit him to the right side outside of an emergency


Austin Smith
Austinjs14@aol.com
November 19, 2016



Articles/Links
1)   Wisconsin OL Ryan Ramczyk was almost a welder instead of a football player   - Landof10.Com
2)   SPASH grad Ramczyk projected for first round in NFL mock draft   - WSAW.com
3)   Breakout NFL prospect Ryan Ramczyk wows as Badgers bludgeon Michigan State    - NFLDraftScout.com
4)   Ryan Ramczyk Twitter





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