The New Orleans Saints were able to add to their offensive line with the last pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Ryan Ramczyk, an offensive tackle from Wisconsin, could eventually become a starter for the Saints. However, he most likely will not start from day one.
Standing at 6’6”, 310-pounds, Ramczyk transferred to Wisconsin after starting his career at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He was a first-team All-Big-Ten selection along with an All-American selection while playing at Wisconsin.
The Saints surrendered only 27 sacks in 2016 so the pick comes at a bit of a surprise. Most Saints fans would have liked the team to bolster their defense with both picks in the round. The Saints might have taken Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster had he not been selected a pick before.
The Saints were able to significantly upgrade their defense with the 11th pick by drafting Marshon Lattimore. The Saints could look back on this round as a potential building block for the future along with rookies that can contribute immediately.
Ramczyk will provide the Saints with depth at a position they desperately need it.
Silverman’s pick grade: C+