Wisconsin Badger junior left tackle Ryan Ramczyk is getting ready for the Cotton Bowl matchup against Western Michigan on Jan. 2. After that game, Ramczyk will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum.
The injury could affect Ramczyk’s draft stock. The former Stevens Point standout is considering jumping to the NFL a year early. But the surgery, which has a roughly four-month recover time, would prevent Ramczyk from working out for NFL teams.
Ramczyk projects now as a first round pick, but missing the NFL Combine, UW’s Pro Day and other potential workouts could change that.
Ramczyk must decide whether or not he will enter the draft by Jan. 18.
The circumstances of the surgery could lead Ramczyk back to Madison for his senior season, but that is just speculation at this point.