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NFL Draft 2018: Wisconsin FB Austin Ramesh scouting report

The former high school tailback has athleticism that could separate him from other fullbacks.

Capital One Orange Bowl - Miami v Wisconsin Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

For four years, Wisconsin Badgers fans enjoyed the consistency of Austin Ramesh, who never did anything with much pomp or circumstance, but always did his job, and did it well.

Then he jumped over a diving defender in the Orange Bowl, and everyone saw the athleticism of a nearly 6,000-yard prep rusher in high school. Ramesh’s athleticism is above-average at the fullback position, and while he made his name in Madison running on fullback dives and blocking, he has some versatility the NFL may covet—the teams that still employ fullbacks, that is.

Austin Ramesh Measurables

Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
6'1 255 N/A N/A 4.78 seconds 24 reps 32" 118.5" 4.06 seconds 6.75 seconds

*Height and weight from Ramesh’s UWBadgers.com profile; pro day results as reported on March 14

Strengths: Well-built athlete. Thick throughout his frame. Impressive athlete for a fullback, history as a tailback is evident. Good ball security, no history of fumbling. Exhibits good leg drive and power on dive plays. Showed some open-field ability in limited opportunities. Devastating blocker at the second level.

Weaknesses: Limited opportunities in the pass game, both as a receiver and as a blocker. Short-limbed. Plays fullback.

Summary: Ramesh is one of the more versatile true fullbacks to come out of Wisconsin in some time. Ramesh’s background as a running back could help him at the next level, though he hasn’t done anything but take handoffs from fullback in Madison. He’ll have to play every special team, but creative offensive coordinators like Kyle Shanahan very much value the position, so in the right environment, Ramesh could be a productive pro.

Projection: 7th Round/Undrafted Free Agent

Bucky’s 5th Podcast, Ep. 17: Ramesh and Natrell Jamerson discuss their NFL prep. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.