Back in April, the New Orleans Saints added seven prospects via the NFL Draft. Roughly two months later, each player is finally now under contract.
Two months ago, the New Orleans Saints used five of their seven draft choices on the defensive side of the football. That included the first of their two round-one picks in former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore. They also used a second-round selection on University of Utah safety Marcus Williams. It makes perfect sense considering the woes of this defensive unit. In 2016, no team in the league allowed more yards through the air than Sean Payton’s team.
But with the second of their two first-rounders and the last overall pick on night one of the NFL draft, the Saints added a dynamic talent in 6’6”, 314-pound tackle Ryan Ramczyk from the University of Wisconsin. The consensus first-team All-American and All-Big Ten blocker was a force for the Badgers up front.
Now he hopes to make a big impact on a New Orleans’ offensive line that has had some injuries issues this offseason. He was also the last of the team’s 2017 draft choices to sign with the franchise. Via Spotrac, Ramczyk inked a four-year, Ryan Ramczyk signed a 4 year, $8.891 million deal with the team. It includes a signing bonus of $4.6 million and a guaranteed value of $6.75 million.
Yes, getting all of your draft choices is certainly a lot easier these days. But having a pair of first-round picks can sometimes be a little tricky. But that’s what under the bridge for a New Orleans Saints team anxious to put three consecutive 7-9 finishes behind them.
Russell S. Baxter covers the New Orleans Saints for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Saints news and features? Like our Saints Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_saints on Twitter.