After just one season playing for the Badgers, junior offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk will enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The blindside tackle is an unlikely success story, as Ramczyk came from Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point before transferring to Madison after the 2014 season. After one season on the sideline, Ramczyk cracked the starting lineup and made himself into an All-American selection in the 2016 season. Along with Florida State’s Roderick Johnson, he will be one of the first offensive lineman drafted as he is the second-ranked offensive tackle on ESPN Mel Kiper’s draft-eligible list.
Born: Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Weight: 315 lbs
Team: Wisconsin Badgers
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While Ramczyk’s career came to prominence at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, it did not begin there. In fact, he attended three different universities before heading back to his hometown school and then the perennial Big Ten contender.
Coming out of high school in 2012, Ramczyk turned down an offer from Division I Pittsburgh’s first-year head coach Paul Chryst and elected to attend Division II Winona State. However before the season began, he transferred to Madison Area Technical College and then detoured to Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point, spending a semester at each. In the course of a calendar year, he attended three different institutions.
2013 & 2014
Staying at home, Ramczyk embarked on his two-year career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point after a former high school coach accepted a position on staff. In his first season, he would play in all ten games and be named second-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He improved the following season by being selected to first-team All-WIAC in 2014.
2015 & 2016
After Chryst fled Pittsburgh for the Wisconsin-Madison job, Ramczyk had a roster spot available. Knowing the head coach from the high school recruiting process, he chose to transfer a fourth time and was now at his fifth and final school. After sitting out the mandatory first season in 2015, he was starting at left tackle in the 2016 opening game in Green Bay against Louisiana State. Ramczyk would help lead a clock-control offense that improved in every game throughout the season.
There will be no questions regarding his passion for the game, as any player that attends five different universities to better his career certainly enjoys playing the game. He has also established himself as one of the best at every collegiate level, likely leading scouts to believe he has it in him at the professional level.
It’s not everyday offensive lineman make the news, but Ramczyk’s never-give-up story is already one to recognize.