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Saints 2018 Year in Review: Ryan Ramczyk

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Thanks, San Francisco.

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Ryan Ramczyk was not the New Orleans Saints first choice with the 32nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints wanted Rueben Foster, but the San Francisco 49ers saved the Saints in that regards by selecting Foster with the 31st pick. The Saints then went to their back-up plan: offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk.

It was a great selection for the Saints in hindsight. Ramczyk has continued to excel as a member of the Saints, and has been an ironhorse for the team, missing only one game in his first two years. Ramczyk battled a hand injury some in 2019, but was still a major asset to the Saints offense, both in the passing game and run game.

Ryan Ramczyk - At a Glance

  • Approximate Value: 15 (career high)
  • Offensive Grade: 81.3 (8th)
  • Run Block Grade: 77.1 (4th)
  • Pass Block Grade: 76.7 (24th)
  • Snap Count: 997 (94.86%) on offense & 75 (17.52%) on special teams
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For a second year NFL offensive lineman, especially in an offense as complicated as the New Orleans Saints, you would expect Ramczyk to be the culprit of numerous penalties throughout the season. Surprisingly, Ramcyk only committed three penalties (all holding calls) in 15 games in 2017. In his career, Ramczyk only has seven penalties - six holdings and only one false start.

In looking at the grades above, you can see that Pro Football Focus was a big fan of Ramczyk’s 2018. In fact, Ramczyk was named PFF’s Run Blocker of the Year. Ramczyk was one of many Saints Pro Bowl snubs in 2019, but hopefully he continues to grow and gain the attention he rightfully deserves.