By Jim Weidner. If you think college football recruiting is an exact science, just look at Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk’s long journey.
A Stevens Point, Wisconsin native, Ramczyk came out of high school in 2011. Back then, he was an All-State offensive tackle. Although he received some interest from Division I football schools, Ramczyk decided that he to attend and play football at Winona State University in Minnesota, a Division II football school.
However, Ryan Ramczyk never played a down for Winona State, leaving the school before the football season even began. Ramczyk would spend a semester at Madison Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, and a semester at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point, Wisconsin before finally landing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While he didn’t play football while attending technical college, he played two seasons at UW-Stevens Point. Then, when current Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst was hired at Wisconsin, Ramczyk contacted Chryst, who had recruited Ramczyk out of high school, about transferring to Wisconsin.
Ryan Ramczyk made the move to Madison but sat out the 2015 season due to transfer rules. The long journey for Ramczyk paid off in a big way this season. Not only was he the Badgers starting offensive left tackle, but he thrived at the position.
This season, Ramczyk helped the Badgers to an 11-3 record. His performance this season was so impressive, that he not only did he earn first team All-Big Ten honors, but Ryan Ramczyk also earned first team All American honors.
Despite playing just one season at the highest level of college football, Ryan Ramczyk’s production was so good that he announced he will bypass his final season at Wisconsin and enter the NFL draft.
There is no getting around Ramczyk’s physical attributes. Ryan Ramczyk stands 6’6” tall and weighs 314 lbs. He is extremely athletic for a person of his size. Despite his production at a high level, there still will be questions as to whether Ramczyk was a “one year wonder” or if he truly is as dominate as he looked last season at Wisconsin.
Additionally, Ryan Ramczyk underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip after the Badgers beat Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. Although he is expected to make a full recovery, the injury and surgery will be on the minds of NFL Scouts when studying him for the draft. Daniel Parlegreco from DTPDraft Scout likes what he sees in Ramczyk, but agrees, there are concerns about the injury.
Ramczyk has a good shot of being the first offensive tackle selected in the NFL Draft even though hell compete with Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson and Utah offensive tackle Garrett Bolles. What sets Ryan Ramczyk apart besides his one year dominance and his background in playing in a pro-style offense at Wisconsin. Certainly, Ramczyk won’t fall past the Denver Broncos who have the twentieth overall pick in the first round. Although inexperienced, Ramczyk has the upside to have a long and productive NFL career. For some team out there, Ryan Ramczyk could be the long term answer to anchoring their offensive line.