Jose Ramirez NFL Draft

Jose Ramirez

  • EDGE Eastern Michigan
  • Junior
  • #173
  • 6'2"
  • 238lbs
  • Prospect
  • Mid-American

2022 Season

SACK

12

QBH

12

TFL

14

TACK

33

Prospect Summary

Jose Ramirez NFL Draft Scouting Report

EDGE, Eastern Michigan Eagles

Eastern Michigan EDGE Jose Ramirez projects as a developmental designated pass rusher in the NFL. Ramirez has logged impressive sack numbers in 2022, showcasing burst to the ball and a low set of pads. His ability to crash off the edge is most valuable in passing situations and will afford him a chance to develop in the NFL. 

Originally a 3-star recruit, Ramirez played his high school football at Auburndale High School in Auburndale, FL. He was originally committed to playing at South Alabama before flipping late and committing to Arizona. He was a member of the team’s 2017 recruiting class, going on to practice but not play with the Wildcats after one redshirt season in 2017. He settled on Riversite Community College in California and played one season there, logging eight sacks before transferring again and landing at Eastern Michigan. 

Ramirez has a good first step and a dense frame, which is a good combination as a pass rusher off the edge who needs to play under the hands and pads of tackles. His initial burst and twitch are notable and allow him to threaten and potentially force oversets by heavier-footed tackles in the passing game. He was afforded a lot of opportunities from steep angles, further testing tackles’ abilities to get depth and squeeze his initial charge. If the tackle was delinquent, Ramirez showed the ability to reduce the inside shoulder, squeeze, and flatten with suddenness. He’s had a handful of games throughout his career where he’s simply taken over and dominated, including a four-sack performance this past season against Western Michigan. His ability as a rusher is complemented by the ability to duck underneath pass sets if he catches an overset. When he turns it on, he’s a dense ball of mass that is hard to contain. That includes in the run game as well—he slipped down as the unblocked defender by design on run action away and stuffed up the back along the line of scrimmage; showing notable range. 

His natural movement skills are apparent, but there are some hurdles he’ll need to clear as well. Ramirez has a stocky frame but functional length, separation, and ability to deconstruct blocks when linemen climb into his lap is not a skill that was showcased with frequency. He’ll need to build out his instincts and awareness to not get trapped in this situations, as I’m not sure he’s going to have a skill set that lends itself well to ever thriving in close quarters. Some of that falls on his defense to not drop him into tight alignments and heavy traffic as well. That said, with those concerns, Ramirez’s run-defending resume is something that will need to grow for him to become a full-time starter. He’s too easily uprooted as things currently stand to play run downs. Another note is the level of competition—Ramirez and EMU played two Power 5 programs over the last two seasons, Wisconsin (2021) and Arizona State (2022). Despite all of his production and accolades, he was largely marginalized in both of those contests versus the standard of production he set for himself in the MAC. 

Expectations for Ramirez should be that of a developmental prospect. I could foresee his first-step quickness and lateral mobility affording him significant time on a roster and playing in obvious passing situations should be on the table but I’d like to see him boost his resume with special teams play in the NFL to ensure he has value while he’s developing his defensive skills. 

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • First-step burst present to win on vertical rushes
  • Slippery frame with low pads to force misses on finesse rushes
  • A+ production at EMU the last two seasons; has taken some games over completely

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Functional strength needs to improve
  • Block deconstruction and hand usage don’t afford him space after first contact
  • Limited tape against quality competition makes for challenging projection

Size (TBD):

Height: 6010

Weight: 192 lbs

Wingspan: TBD

Arm Length: TBD

Hand Size: TBD

Athletic Testing (TBD):

40-yard Dash: TBD

Vertical Jump: TBD

Broad Jump: TBD

Short-Shuttle: TBD

Three-Cone: TBD

Bench Reps: TBD 

Ideal Role: Developmental designated pass rusher

Scheme Fit: Exotic heavy third-down rush defenses

TDN Consensus Grade: 70.00/100 (Fifth-Round Value)

  • Crabbs Grade: 70.00/100

Written By: Kyle Crabbs

Exposures: Wisconsin (2021), Arizona State (2022), Western Michigan (2022), San Jose State (2022)

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