30 Days of Foal Crisis: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

The 2022 NFL Draft is officially a month away. In an effort to help you through to draft day, I’ve decided to run a daily series of prospect spotlights to talk about some players the Colts might be targeting next month.

Players mentioned in this series will either be players whose team I’ve heard is really high, or players who are just too much sense for the team based on pick/past history.

Next in the Draftmas countdown is Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann.

Background

Raimann had a rather unusual route to college football. He was born in Steinbrunn, Austria and didn’t even start playing football until he entered high school. He became a foreign student in 2016 and moved to Michigan to play a year of high school football in the United States.

After completing his freshman year of high school in the United States, he returned home to Austria and completed his mandatory six months in the military. He didn’t play football in 2017, but returned to the United States in 2018 to play college ball at Central Michigan.

He started his career as a tight end and played 11 games in two years in that position. He switched to left tackle after his second year and started 18 games there.

Raimann started to see some real NFL recognition/hype after his junior season. He was selected on Bruce Feldman’s annual monster list and was invited to participate in Reese’s Senior Bowl 2022 after last year.

Size/test numbers

Height: 6’6″

Mass: 301 pounds

Arm length: 33 5/8 inches

Test numbers: 40 Time: 5.05 seconds / Bench Press: 30 reps / Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches / Wide Jump: 117 inches / Short Shuttle: 4.49 seconds / 3-Cone: 7.46 seconds

capacity on film

Raimann is a phenomenal athlete who has what it takes to protect elite passes. He plays with exceptional leverage at the point of attack and is always light on his feet. He has the ability to mirror top rushers at a high level in the NFL.

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This play below is a good example of Raimann in pass protection. He glides effortlessly to reach his rushing edge on the play. Once he reaches his block, he calmly stops the sprint and places his defender on the outside. This is a tough set designed to look easy against a strong LSU team.

Raimann’s wrestling background shows up quite a bit in the running game. As I mentioned above, he wins with leverage on almost every shot. He is notable for working his hands inside and moving defenders at will in the running game.

This piece below illustrates this well. He quickly jumps his defender on this run set and takes him out of the hole. He keeps his driving legs (and hands inside) all the way to the floor on this rep.

Compatibility with Colts/Team Interests

The Colts must eventually address left tackle in the draft at some point in Chris Ballard’s tenure. We’re heading into the second year of the post-Anthony Castonzo era and the team still doesn’t have their left tackle of the future on the roster.

Raimann has all the potential to be a franchise left tackle in this draft class. He’s an all-time great athlete with exceptional hands and a solid understanding of using leverage. He’s still a little raw and new to the job, but the arrow is definitely pointing up on his game.

In terms of interest, the Colts have been working on Raimann this offseason. They spoke to him at the Senior Bowl and they sent regional scout Chad Henry to his Pro Day a few weeks ago.

Overall, Raimann is a very talented tackle who could be a franchise player on the left side of an attack. While his age may turn some teams off his game, I personally think Raimann’s selection would be a perfect use of the 42nd pick in the draft.


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