Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk is poised to make Saints history on Sunday with his first real NFL snap.
Due to Pro Bowl left tackle’s Terron Armstead’s torn labrum, Ramczyk is expected to become the first Saints rookie start a season opener at left tackle in 31 years, per Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com. The last player to do so was Jim Dombrowski in 1986.
First @Saints rookie to start a season opener at left tackle in 31 years.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 8, 2017
The Saints selected Ramczyk with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which they received in the trade that sent Brandin Cooks to the Patriots. Thanks to a strong preseason, Ramczyk has shown he’s the Saint most capable of filling in for Armstead while the veteran rehabs.
This is quite the leap for a player that once contemplated walking away from football to take up welding. His love for the sport was great enough that he decided to dive back in and work his way up until he was eventually able to transfer to Wisconsin from Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After a year of strong performance in practice with the Badgers, Ramczyk took over the Badgers’ starting left tackle spot and rode it all the way to the first round of the NFL Draft.
Now, he’s an NFL starter, protecting the blind side of future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.