2022 NFL Draft: Bernhard Raimann Player Profile 

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Bernhard Raimann NFL Draft Overview

Position: Offensive Tackle

Height: 6’6 1/8″

Weight: 303 Lbs.

School: Central Michigan University

Pro Day Performance Data

40-yard dash: 5.05

Vertical jump: 30.5”

Broad jump: 9’9”

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 30

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Hailing from Austria, Bernhard Raimann is an exciting tackle that could solidify a team’s right tackle position for a long time. Initially, taking a look at his testing numbers show the sheer athlete a team will get in Raimann. However, his knowledge of the position will be his biggest red flag to any team. Only moving from tight end to tackle during the COVID-19 pandemic, Raimann has some glaring technical flaws. Frequently, it would be great to see his hands in better positions. However, when he does get his hands in the right place, he shows pure dominance. While that may drive teams crazy in the run-up to the season, it could have a huge pay-off for the right coaching staff. 

Granted, his raw technical ability doesn’t overshadow his power and physicality. In Raimann, teams will clamor over his prototypical size, speed, and strength. Even when he faced Power 5 offenses, Raimann looked like he belonged on the field, despite playing in the MAC. Still, at 25-years-old, the ceiling might be lower for Raimann than for others in his draft range. Regardless, the physical tools in his bag certainly gives him a low floor. Especially when it comes to teams looking for a tackle in their wide zone running offenses, Raimann is quite appealing. While he might end up slipping due to age, there’s going to be a very happy team who brings Raimann into the building. Among his peers in this draft, he’s one of the few day-one starters at the tackle position. 

Strengths

  • Hands have some dynamite when he hits rushers
  • Great foot speed allows him to move in the run game
  • Absorbs power well to combat bullrushes
  • Athletic profile jumps off the page
  • Shows brilliance in the screen game
  • Quickness on the edge will be massive in the pro game

Weaknesses

  • Needs to get better instincts developed
  • Could do a better job shuffling feet in pass protection
  • Doesn’t show the balance teams would hope
  • Needs to get more consistent with hand placement
  • Gets away with holds, but has too big of a panic button

NFL Comparison: Jake Matthews

Teams With Need at Position: Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks

Projection: Late First Round

Bottom Line on Bernhard Raimann

While Bernhard Raimann isn’t a perfect draft prospect, he’s got a lot of tools teams love. Potentially, his low ceiling will keep teams from biting in the first round. However, his size and power could also make him go much earlier than expected. Further, teams will see his film and the ones with good line coaches may bang on the table for Raimann. With a little time, Raimann has the traits to be a decade-long tackle solution for his team. While he may still be a year away from being a starter, the Pro Bowl-level talent is evident. However, it will all come down to how fast Raimann is able to pick up the positional knowledge to win at the pro level. 

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