Relatively new to the position, Bernhard Raimann is an intriguing offensive line prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. Originally a wide receiver, the Australian native made the transition by adding plenty of size without sacrificing his natural athleticism. Far from a finished product, Raimann's physical traits combined with his developing skill set make him an appealing Day 2 option, and he may even wind up going in the first round.
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Bernhard Raimann Draft Profile
College: Central Michigan
The native of Austria was originally a wide receiver, moved to tight end upon arriving at CMU and then bulked up for a transition to the offensive line in 2020. He thrived at his new position, displaying the kind of natural athleticism and movement skills he once flashed as a receiver. He’s a knee-bender who is smooth and coordinated in his movements, with the ability to square up and mirror quickness as a pass protector. Despite his skill-position roots, he grinds hard when battling in a phone booth, with the hand strength and length to steer defenders, and he is effective landing blocks in space. His exceptionally fast progress at a new position and his impressive instincts when he’s looking for work suggest that he’ll be a quick learner at the next level.
Will he hold up against speed-to-power at the NFL level? Raimann’s ability to anchor was an issue at times at the college level, as he sometimes fails to stop his feet and absorb contact. He’s also an overaged prospect (25 in September) whose frame might be maxed out.
Raimann came on fast at a new position, and his best football might still be in front of him. He has the physical traits, as well as the instincts and toughness, to become a quality left tackle.