Ryan Ramczyk appears to be the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft class. A no-brainer for team needing an offensive — like, perhaps, the New York Giants. Except for one thing ... the fact that he underwent hip surgery in early January.
Ramczyk is not doing on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine as he rehabs from that surgery. He did lift, however, putting up 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He measured 6-foot-6, 310 pounds with 33 3/4-inch arms.
Ramczyk spoke to the media this week at the Combine and said his surgeon believes his hip “looks really clean, really good.” Ramczk expects a five-month rehab, which would clearly have him back on the field in time for an NFL training camp and perhaps a portion of OTAs.
Ramczyk took a year off after high school, played at a Division III school for a year and played only one year of Division I football at Wisconsin. Still, he is likely to be the first offensive tackle selected.
“I mean that [being the first tackle taken] would be huge honor. But anywhere I go it’s not a big deal, I just want to play football,” Ramczyk said.
Ramczyk, like Garett Bolles of Utah, is a player who has to be on the Giants’ radar. It seems quite possible, though, that he will be off the board before the Giants select at No. 23.