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Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan OT | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Originally from Austria, can Central Michigan OT Bernhard Raimann use his 2022 NFL Draft scouting report to cement his future in the NFL?

Every year, it seems as though there’s at least one small-school offensive tackle who rises up the ranks during the NFL Draft process. With his 2022 NFL Draft scouting report, can Central Michigan OT Bernhard Raimann be that tackle in the coming months? Let’s take a closer look at what he brings to the table.

Bernhard Raimann NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • School: Central Michigan
  • Current Year: Senior
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Weight: 305 pounds

Bernhard Raimann Scouting Report

The talent density in Group of Five conferences such as the MAC isn’t as high as it is in Power Five conferences. But in a way, that relative dearth of NFL talent only makes legitimate next-level prospects easier to recognize when they’re present. Such is the case with Raimann.

Raimann, a foreign exchange student from Austria, has made Central Michigan his home. Along the way, he’s established himself as one of the better offensive tackle prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft. A Feldman Freak, Raimann clearly has the size and the athleticism. But how do his traits translate on the field, and can he leverage them into a starting role as an NFL player?

Bernhard Raimann’s athletic profile

Listed at 6’7″, 305 pounds, Raimann is a large blocker who looms over his opponents. His length isn’t proportionally elite, but he compensates with his easily visible athleticism.

The Central Michigan OT is explosive off the line as a run blocker, and he’s mobile reaching the second level. He has good lateral burst and can make quick work of short distances. Additionally, Raimann has great recovery athleticism and covers a lot of ground to regain positioning.

Beyond his mobility, Raimann also has solid flexibility and balance. He can easily flip his hips and redirect defensive linemen. Additionally, he has the flexibility and coordination to halt rushes at the apex without losing control. Despite his lighter frame, Raimann’s core strength is above-average, and he uses this to flex without breaking.

Raimann’s weight also appears to be proportioned well. The Chippewas blocker has shown to absorb power to a degree with his decently strong base. He also has solid grip strength when anchored and can suffocate rushes from lesser players.

Execution beyond the physical traits

Raimann possesses an enticing athletic foundation. And the positives don’t end there, as he is fairly strong mentally as well.

Raimann has the awareness to recognize stunts and respond quickly to those maneuvers. He’s also shown he understands leverage at the second level and can seal off big lanes for backs. To that end, Raimann also grasps the minutiae of footwork and how to set up better angles for himself.

His feet are rarely idle. Raimann moves them to maintain leverage with his base. In a similar vein, he can also reset his hands mid-rep to attain better upper-body leverage. Raimann bends his knees well and keeps a wide base in pass protection. He also has solid leg drive when anchored and blocks all the way to the whistle.

Raimann can clamp down on opposing linemen while matching around the edge, and he’s quick to capitalize when opponents sacrifice their balance. He has his moments where he buries opponents, punishing them for slipping up.

Areas for improvement

While there’s a lot to like with Raimann, he’s far from a perfect 2022 NFL Draft prospect. Although his frame is dense and compact, Raimann is still lighter than the average tackle. That can impact his absorption capacity, as can his tendency to play a bit too upright. To that end, Raimann is highly susceptible to bull rushes when he opens up his torso. He does this too often and will need to narrow his hands more at the next level.

While he has good grip strength, Raimann’s anchor can be ripped down by stronger opponents. Part of this issue can be attributed to Raimann’s length. It’s not a liability necessarily, but his length is only average. That impacts his reach and leverage at times. For example, he can get caught lurching, extending before his base is properly set. Leaning and mistiming punches this way can sap at his power capacity.

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Additionally, Raimann sometimes places his extensions too high. They could also be more violent and authoritative on a consistent basis. It doesn’t help that Raimann relies heavily on extensions. When hand-fighting, his hands aren’t necessarily violent or precise. That may hurt him against NFL technicians.

Raimann’s hands and feet sometimes lack the necessary congruence. He’ll get happy feet on certain plays, and that can erode his base and make him easier to drive back. Plus, Raimann sometimes overshoots his angles as a blocker downfield.

Bernhard Raimann’s 2022 NFL Draft scouting report overview

Many of Raimann’s flaws are more minor inconsistencies than red flags. All told, Raimann is a supremely athletic tackle prospect who’s shown he can at least maintain leverage and use extensions to dismantle defenders. However, there is still room for refinement for Raimann. On top of that, he’ll be an older rookie. He’s set to turn 25 years old next September.

Physically, Raimann checks several boxes. He’s athletic, well-proportioned, and also has good balance and flexibility. His grip strength is solid, though not infallible. And his mobility in space makes him a dangerous second-level blocker. All this being said, Raimann may have trouble exerting his will and maintaining his anchor against bigger, stronger NFL defenders. And even then, the depth of his hand usage can still improve.

If he attends an offseason All-Star game, Raimann will have a chance to show improvement in these areas. Nevertheless, with his athleticism and strong tape against various opponents, Raimann is in the Day 2 conversation.

Given his arm length, the Central Michigan OT may be projected as a guard — but he has the tools to be a potential starter in multiple alignments.

Bernhard Raimann’s Player Profile

Raimann’s path to football has been long and winding, but it’s ultimately led him to the doorstep of the NFL Draft. Born in Austria, Raimann was active from a young age. However, it wasn’t until age 14 that he was introduced to football. That introduction precipitated a stint with the youth club Vienna Vikings. Then, upon traveling to the United States as a foreign exchange student in high school, he continued his football career closer to the source.

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Lightly recruited, Raimann pressed on. He initially played wide receiver, using his size and athleticism to catch the eye of scouts. He eventually earned a scholarship offer from Central Michigan. It wasn’t a tough choice for Raimann. After his required military service in Austria, Raimann joined the Chippewas and made the trip from Delton, Michigan, to Mount Pleasant.

Raimann’s career at Central Michigan

After starting his football career as a wide receiver, Raimann lined up at tight end when he first joined Central Michigan’s program. Listed at 6’7″, 240 pounds, Raimann clearly had the size. And he had the athleticism as well. But nevertheless, Raimann would produce sparingly in two seasons — just 20 total catches for 164 yards.

Still, Raimann kept training while staying on top of his academics off the field. His first real opportunity, however, would come in the trenches. In 2020, CMU switched Raimann to tackle. He worked his way up to 290 pounds and started all six games for the Chippewas.

That early success at OT ensured that Raimann would be the blindside blocker in 2021. And so far, he hasn’t disappointed. He’s been one of the best offensive linemen in the MAC conference. And even against higher-level opponents like Missouri, he’s impressed.

Bernhard Raimann’s 2022 NFL Draft ascension

Raimann’s age may work against him in some war rooms, but offensive linemen tend to have shelf lives into their mid-30s — health permitting. If teams don’t care about his age, they’ll only be further won over by his athletic testing.

Per Bruce Feldman, Raimann has a 33-inch vertical, a 117.5-inch broad jump, and a 1.56 10-yard split. Those are insane explosiveness numbers for an offensive lineman, and they’ll only drive Raimann’s stock up.

We’ll get confirmation wherever Raimann tests — whether at the NFL Combine, at a pro day, or both. But that natural talent is clearly visible on tape. There’s still work to be done for Raimann, but he has the talent and mental acuity to be an impactful, versatile lineman at the next level.

Ian Cummings is a Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and his voice and face on Pro Football Network Daily. Follow him on Twitter @ian_cummings_9.

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