Ryan Ramczyk met with the Denver Broncos on Monday. For one thing, it was one of his stops on the NFL Draft Tour. The big offensive tackle from Wisconsin figures to be the first or second lineman to hear his named called on April 27. Where Ramczyk fits will be determined by how the Draft plays out and teams that need help with run and pass blocking.
There is no secret the Broncos need help at the tackle spot. In fact, they have needed help since the team parted ways with Ryan Clady. With Garret Bolles, Cam Robinson and Forrest Lamp all slated to go in the first round by several NFL outlets, positioning is everything. Besides, Ryan Ramczyk fits the Broncos profile and could be their top selection at No. 20.
In an ideal situation, no playoff-contending team would like to go into a season counting on a rookie to hold down the fort at the left tackle position,” writes Will Keys of Scout.com. “Perhaps Ryan Clady’s 2008 season is the exception, but rarely does a first-year tackle pick up the intricacies of the position from day one. Much like young quarterbacks, tackles need time to get up to speed save a few rare exceptions.”
Ramczyk is a rare case of a Division III student-athlete making the jump to major college football. Even though he was an all-state pick from Wisconsin, he chose to turn down offers from FBS and FCS schools.
He should be a solid addition to any team that makes the move to bring him into camp. He should also be a starter from day one.
In this player profile, we will look at the strengths and weaknesses of Ryan Ramczyk as he moves on to the next level. We also include a few teams that will be interested in adding help to their offensive line.
He is an athletic, easy mover. For one thing, Ryan Ramczyk shows balance and body control are building blocks of his play. Additionally, initial footwork in the run game is impressive. Even more, he has urgent quickness on reach blocks and can get there most of the time. Smooth pass slides with hands that are always punch ready. Hands land with flat feet, great accuracy. He has great size at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds.
He isn’t as broad as some teams might like. That makes protecting his edge more challenging. Edge players with length land jabs to his frame to create separation. Will play too upright and straight-legged at times. Can’t afford to be late out of stance as his first two kick slides don’t gain much ground. Could have issues on redirect blocks against inside shots.
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