Sports Illustrated's Peter King released his one and only mock draft today and he has the Broncos(no shocker here) selecting an offensive tackle in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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King has the Broncos selecting former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk in the first-round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
Thoughts: Hip surgery soured some on this Division III transfer, but he dominated Big Ten in ’16.
If it weren't for a hip injury, Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk may be the consensus top offensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft, but now he's muddled in with Bolles and Robinson.
While there are plenty of concerns about Ramczyk, you cannot discount how dominant he was during his first and only season at Wisconsin last season. He flashed potential and has all the looks of a franchise left tackle.
NFL Network's Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Ramczyk ranked as his 27th best player in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ramczyk started in his only season at Wisconsin after transferring from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has ideal size and bulk for the position. In pass protection, he bends easy and has a sharp, quick punch. He can slide and mirror athletic rushers. He does a nice job of reworking his hands and settling down late vs. power rushers. He is very aware vs. twists and stunts. In the run game, he has some initial knock-off power but he needs to become a better finisher. Overall, he doesn't have a lot of experience but the tools are there for him to be a solid starting left tackle very early in his career.
An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn said that he doesn't have a negative thing to say about Ramczyk outside of his hip injury.
"The guy goes from a technical school in 2012 to a first-round pick," said another scout. "I don’t have one negative thing about him except his hip surgery. Excellent pass blocker. Quick set, slides, mirrors, range, anchor. Really good."
The surgery the scout is talking about was for a torn labrum in Ramczyk's hip. I'm sure each team that visited or met with Ramczyk during the draft process has looked over his hip. How comfortable they feel about that surgery will dictate whether or not Ramczyk falls out of the first round or not.
Keep in mind, Broncos center Matt Paradis had a similar surgery this offseason and has yet to return to practice this offseason so it would be interesting to see if the Broncos would add another lineman recovering from the same major surgery.
Ramczyk has become a popular pick to the Broncos in mock drafts recently and we will find out if he will be the Broncos pick in the real draft here in a few short days.