Wisconsin’s star offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL Draft with the 32nd overall pick. While Ramczyk was drafted later than expected, he will get the opportunity to block for Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson.
A native of Stevens Point, WI, Ramczyk spent two years playing for his hometown university before transferring to UW-Madison. He sat out 2015 due to his transfer status, but made an impact on the field as a redshirt junior in 2016. This past season, Ramczyk started every game for the Badgers en route to All-Big Ten and All-American accolades. However, a hip surgery in this offseason preventing him from participating at drills at the Combine and his pro day.
The Saints were expected to double down on defense, but instead fortified the trenches by selecting Ramczyk. New Orleans had drafted Andrus Peat in the first round two years ago and has the established Zach Strief across from him, so Ramczyk may not play immediately. However, Peat has been relatively disappointing in his short time in the league, so it wouldn’t be a surprise for Ramczyk to give him a challenge for the starting spot.
Ramczyk is the next in a long line of Badger offensive linemen to reach the next level, as he is the third Wisconsin offensive tackle to be selected in the first round in the last ten years.