Ryan Ramczyk might not have been picked as early as some expected, but he still winded up being a first-round pick.
The former Wisconsin offensive tackle was selected by the New Orleans Saints at No. 32 overall, which made him the final pick of the first round. That gave Badgers multiple first-rounders for the first time since 2011.
It only took one year as a Wisconsin starter for Ramczyk to become a first-round pick. The Division III UW-Stevens Point transfer was the steadying force for the Badgers in 2016.
The 6-6 offensive tackle was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-B1G selection. Ramczyk was Pro Football Focus’ top-rated run-blocking tackle after helping the Badgers rush for 203 yards per game.
Ramczyk was the latest in a long line of dominant Badger offensive linemen to get drafted in the first round. Dating back to Joe Thomas in 2007, Ramczyk was the fifth Wisconsin offensive lineman to be drafted in the first round.
Ramczyk was the second of what figures to be many draft picks for the B1G West champs this weekend.