Name: Ryan Ramczyk
Position fit: Left tackle
Stat to know: Ramczyk’s 84.6 run-blocking grade led all FBS offensive tackles in 2016
What he does best:
- Quick first step off snap, both on run blocks and pass sets.
- Sets down appropriately, allows him to anchor as well as stay under control on shuffle.
- Handles stunts well. Doesn’t look like a first-year FBS starter.
- Can cut off the edge with ease, and do it under control to maintain against inside counters.
- Natural strength allows him to absorb contact without giving up ground.
- Fluid change of direction allows him to adjust to moving targets at the second level as well as when picking up stunts .
- First-step quickness allows him to make reach blocks/backside cutoffs .
- Did not give up more than two pressures in any single game in 2016, and gave up zero pressures in eight different games.
- Has the power to create movement at the line of scrimmage in the run game and the athleticism to make second-level blocks.
- Hip surgery immediately after the season.
- Leans into run blocks, will at times fall off early.
- Narrow base on run blocks.
- Either lunges when he punches or catches. Did have some struggles against better pass-rushers.
- Because he doesn’t punch with consistency in pass pro he allows defenders to get into his frame Sets with arms at his sides in pass protection.
- More of a positional run blocker than true road-grader.
Player comparison: Duane Brown, Houston Texans
When healthy, Brown is a top-end performer due to his athleticism and general movement skills, more so than brute physicality
Bottom line: Ramczyk is the likely consensus top OT prospect in this year’s draft class despite coming off hip surgery and despite having just one year of FBS football on his resume. He isn’t the stereotypical physically dominant lineman we’re used to seeing out of Wisconsin, as his game is more about his foot quickness and balance. He faced a slew of outstanding edge defenders in the Big Ten this year (also in games against LSU and Western Michigan), and gave up just one sack, three hits and eight hurries on the year, and never more than two pressures in any single game. He is scheme-versatile as he can make all of the necessary blocks in the run game while doubling as one of the best pass-protectors in the class.