Scouting Report: Austin Ramesh, FB, Wisconsin

By Kelby Goodman, Special Contributor To NFL Draft Bible | (Pic: USA Today)

Number: #20 | Hometown: Land O’Lakes, WI | Height: 6006 | Weight: 249 | Forty: 4.75E | Arm: 3134 | Hand: 0934 | Class: 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

A no-nonsense type of player, who demonstrates sound blocking technique and has shown the ability to put defenders on their backside. Was not called upon very often to carry the ball or thrown to on a consistent basis. When his number was called on run plays, it was usually near the goal line, which is why 14 of his 15 carries his senior year totaled just 41 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Despite limited receiving opportunities, he did post a 10.3-yard receiving average on 10 receptions his senior year—the most notable reception was when he gained notoriety for hurdling a Miami defender in the Orange Bowl. In order to be anything more than a special teamer in the NFL, he must continue to improve upon his receiving ability out of the backfield. In his last regular season game of 2017 he did show off some playmaking ability as he broke a 41-yard run against Minnesota, granted misdirection did help his cause. His resume also includes paving the way for Jonathon Taylor, the NCAA’s third highest rusher in 2017. Being a fullback in the NFL is a tough gig to come by as the position is going the way of the dinosaur, however, this possesses the traits and skill-set to latch on to a team at the next level.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career: Played in 40 games with 18 starts at fullback … recorded 34 carries for 147 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns … owns 13 catches for 130 yards and 1 touchdown reception

2017 Season: Played in 13 games, starting 6 … carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards and 2 TDs … also caught 6 passes for 76 yards … ran 2 times for 7 yards and caught 3 passes for 27 yards vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 … provided two 20-plus yard receptions for the Badgers and carried the ball 1 time for 5 yards vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 2 …ripped off a 41-yard run at Minnesota on Nov. 25, adding 1 more carry for 2 yards and 1 catch for 4 yards … ran the ball 1 time vs. Michigan on Nov. 18 … carried the ball 2 times for 7 yards vs. Northwestern on Sept. 30 … opened the season with 2 carries for 11 yards and 1 TD vs. Utah State on Sept. 1 … had 2 carries for 3 yards vs BYU on Sept. 16 … rushed 1 time for 2 yards vs. Purdue on Oct. 14 … had 3 carries for 22 yards and 1 touchdown vs. Maryland on Oct. 21

2016 Season: Earned third letter, playing in 11 games with 9 starts … had a career-high 4 carries for 12 yards vs. Akron on Sept. 10, scoring first career rushing touchdown … had 2 carries for 7 yards, scoring go-ahead touchdown in fourth quarter vs. Ohio State on Oct. 15 … converted game-clinching first down with a 10-yard run in fourth quarter of Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Western Michigan on Jan. 2 … scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Penn State on Dec. 3 … caught a career-long 14-yard pass vs. Iowa on Oct. 22

2015 Season: Earned second letter, playing in 9 games with 2 starts … caught one pass for 12 yards vs. Iowa on Oct. 3

2014 Season: Earned first letter, playing in 7 games with 2 starts at fullback … finished season with three catches for 18 yards and a touchdown … started and caught 3-yard touchdown pass for first career reception in first career game vs. Western Illinois on Sept. 6 … had one catch for 9 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 4 … started and made one reception for 6 yards vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 20 … also saw action vs. Auburn in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, vs. Minnesota on Nov. 22, vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 and vs. South Florida on Sept. 27

2013 Season: Redshirt season

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked as the No. 58 outside linebacker by Rivals, No. 96 by ESPN … rated the No. 3 fullback by Scout … ranked as the No. 5 recruit in the state of Wisconsin according to ESPN and Rivals … rushed for 1,670 yards, 19 touchdowns, 12 receptions for 279 yards and three touchdowns while making 93 tackles on defense as a senior … first-team all-state as a linebacker and running back, first-team all-conference, conference player of the year, first-team all-region … team MVP and captain … lead the state in rushing with 2,263 yards, 19 touchdowns, 335 receiving yards and three touchdowns receiving, with 98 tackles and a sack on defense as a junior … first-team all-conference, conference player of the year, team MVP and captain … sophomore year, ran for 1,650 yards to go with 42 receiving yards, 22 total touchdowns … first-team all-conference, team MVP … career totals include 5,939 rushing yards, which is third all-time in the state of Wisconsin, 60 rushing touchdowns, 9.4 yards per carry and 169.7 rushing yards per game … also earned four varsity letters in hockey, including earning all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore, second-team all-conference as a junior … head coach was Eric Swanson

Personal: Parents are Shelly and Chad Ramesh … father played football at Ripon College … honor roll student throughout high school … enjoys hunting and snowmobiling … volunteered with the Special Olympics Project UNIFY, the Eagle River Recreation Association and other local community service events … majoring in rehabilitation psychology

Game-by-Game Receiving (Rec.-Yds., TD):
2014 SEASON: Western Illinois (1-3, 1); Bowling Green (1-6); at Northwestern (1-9)

2015 SEASON: Iowa (1-12)

2016 SEASON: vs. #5 LSU (1-11); at Iowa (1-14); #7 Nebraska (1- -1)

Game-by-Game Rushing (Att.-Yds., TD):
2016 SEASON:
  vs. #5 LSU (2-10); Akron (4-12, 1); Georgia State (1-1); at #8 Michigan State (2-9); at #4 Michigan (2-4); #2 Ohio State (2-7, 1); at Iowa (1-1); Minnesota (1-3); vs. #8 Penn State (1-1, 1); vs. #12 Western Michigan (1-10)

CAREER STATS

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