In the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Boston College defensive end/tackle Kaleb Ramsey. Ramsey came to BC in 2008 a 3* defensive end, recruited by Ben Siravo, choosing the Eagles over Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia amongst others A physical defensive linemen, Ramsey struggled to stay healthy and on the field, but was an effective pass rusher when able to play. He had a monster combine where he bench pressed 36 times, which helped raise his profile for NFL scouts.
Earlier this week we had this to say about Ramsey:
Ramsey is a solid to above average pass rusher when he is on the field. He can read and react to plays quickly and his strength is a plus. In fact his strength was on display at the combine where he led all defensive linemen with 36 reps in the bench press. Most NFL draft folk believe that he has the physical composition to be drafted into the NFL.
As many BC fans have witnessed, Ramsey has struggled with injuries over the past six years. He seemingly always was knocked out for parts of the season. The hefty defensive tackle has missed games over the past for injuries to his head, hip, shoulder, foot, knee and calf, along with missing time for violation of team rules. NFL teams are certainly going to look at this with interest. Because of his injuries he's also older than most rookies, at 25 years old. He did a solid job at Boston College but he was never outstanding, and it seemed that he would disappear for portions of the game, something that will be clear to scouts watching film.
The 49ers are stacked on defense, and had a huge stockpile of draft picks in this years draft, which means making the roster won't be easy for Ramsey. But for a guy who dealt with tough circumstances the past three seasons, anything is possible. Good luck with the 49ers Kaleb!