The fourth man from the top on our “Top 25 current Saints players” list is New Orleans Saints star offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
Since 2018, Ryan Ramczyck has been one of the best right tackles in the NFL handling star players like Khalil Mack, J.J. Watt, and Jadeveon Clowney just to name a few. After former Saints’ lineman Zach Strief left the team in 2018, Ramczyk has been perhaps the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
We even gave him an A+ rating when we graded the Saints offensive lineman for 2019. In 2019, Ramczyk played over 1,000 snaps and only created six line penalties and gave up an incredible zero sacks.
While the line as a whole was excellent, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), “The Saints averaged 4.3 yards per carry as a team, but 5.4 yards per carry on runs either side of Ramczyk’s block”. PFF gave him a grade of 91.0.
They even called him the “PFF Run Blocker of the Year for 2019”.
What makes him even more interesting is his ability to have never made the NFL Pro Bowl.
He made the 2019 NFL First-team All-Pro list and was still left off the 2019 Pro Bowl roster. He also missed the 2018 Pro Bowl making the 2018 Second-team All-Pro list. I’m not sure if that makes any sense at all.
Ramczyk comes in at number 4 only because we have such great talent this year, but he could end up being number 1 or 2 by the end of the year if his play continues to soar.
While he had a great 2019 NFL season, he didn’t look quite as great against the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs this year. People tend to remember what you’ve done wrong once a year more than what you have accomplished over a 16-game season.
It’s amazing to think the Saints were able to snag him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by trading Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots. They gave away a player who didn’t want to be here anymore and received a player who has gone on to anchor the right side of the line, allowing the running game to flourish.
What a great trade.
Ramczyk, among out 12 writers, had an average rank of 4.6, coming if right after running back Alvin Kamara.