Wisconsin left tackle Ryan Ramczyk announced on Tuesday he will indeed turn pro and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ramczyk only played for the Badgers for one season, but he announced officially on Tuesday that he will indeed go pro. He was a transfer student from Division III UW-Stevens Point, and in his one year in Madison, he impressed many, becoming an All-American.
Ramczyk received a first round grade by many NFL scouts, but will need hip surgery for a torn labrum. The surgery recovery time will prevent him from taking part in the NFL Combine and securing his place as a first round pick.
He’s told reporters, “You get a first-round grade, it’s tough to stay. But I’ve got this hip surgery, so that’s another obstacle I’m facing. It’s a tough decision.” For now, the decision still seems to be up in the air for the big man upfront.
Among the some of the options are Cole Van Lanen, David Moorman, David Edwards and Patrick Kasl, but the the line may shift and players may change positions in order to give the Badgers the best five guys on the field.
Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Joe Rudolph, has acknowledged that there are a lot of options, and will have no problem juggling the line to create the best combination of players to help the Wisconsin offense succeed.
The Badgers finished at No. 9 in the last Associated Press poll of the season and are expected to be top 10 to start the 2017 campaign.