The Central Michigan class for the 2022 NFL Draft is an impressive unit. That was no more apparent when they placed two offensive linemen on the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl roster this past week. Things didn’t quite go as planned for OL Luke Goedeke, who left early with an injury, but his teammate Bernhard Raimann was a standout performer.
Raimann is a talented lineman who possesses elite-level skills in both facets on offense. But it’s not just linemen who should hear their names called in the 2022 NFL Draft. As such, we take a look at the Central Michigan scouting reports with eyes on April’s draft.
Central Michigan 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
CMU’s overall class will ultimately be kicked off when Raimann is selected, as he’s projected to be the first Chippewa to hear his name called. Yet, Troy Hairston II, Kalil Pimpleton, and a couple of others may round out their full class.
Pimpleton had a great season in 2021. He hauled in 4 touchdown receptions and had a career-high 960 receiving yards. Pimpleton averaged a whopping 15.5 yards per catch while also chipping in with 16 carries and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He’s a tough guy to bring down in the open field. His biggest impact may come on special teams, as he had 2 punt return touchdowns last year.
As far as the rest of the class, Goedeke, despite the injury at the Senior Bowl, should also hear his name called early. Day 2 isn’t out of the question for Goedeke, but at this stage, he’ll be a potential priority pick for teams in Rounds 4-7.
Here are the full reports on all of the potential draft-eligible players from Central Michigan in 2022.
OL Luke Goedeke
Positives: Fast-rising offensive lineman coming off a career season after missing all of 2020 with injury. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees, and fires off the snap. Squares into defenders to remove them from the action and opens up running lanes. Displays outstanding vision, consistently keeps opponents in front of him, and works his hands throughout the action. Explosive at the point, keeps his feet moving, and plays with patience. Works blocks hard and plays through the whistle.
Negatives: Shows stiffness in his game and struggles finishing blocks. Lacks smooth and quick footwork off the edge. Doesn’t get great movement run blocking.
Analysis: After a terrific junior campaign in 2019, Goedeke rebounded incredibly well after missing last season with injury. He is a nice-sized college tackle who may actually be best at guard. Goedeke offers starting potential for the next level.
Want more information on Goedeke? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan G | NFL Draft Scouting Report
DL Troy Hairston II
Positives: Fierce defender who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Easily changes direction, immediately alters his angle of attack, and loses no momentum chasing the action. Gives great effort, sells out to make plays, and shows ability off the line of scrimmage. Possesses a closing burst, quickly collapses to pursue the action, and plays lights out on every down.
Negatives: Easily blocked or sealed from the action by opponents. Not a stout or secure tackler.
Analysis: Hairston was an undersized college pass rusher who was primarily used up at the line of scrimmage and may be a better fit at middle linebacker in the NFL. Hairston possesses the instincts and intensity to play on Sundays, and his skills translate well to special teams.
CB Dishon McNary
Positives: Nice-sized college cornerback coming off a campaign shortened by injury. Tough, fires up the field, and voluntarily defends the run. Quick to read and diagnose, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, and battles throughout the action. Possesses outstanding size and plays big football. Mobile, very quick, and breaks down well.
Negatives: Must do a better job getting his head back around and does a lot of face guarding in coverage. Not a secure tackler and deep speed is a concern. Coming off an injury-shortened campaign.
Analysis: McNary possesses the size to play at the next level but must polish off his ball skills and develop a body of work. In a worst-case scenario, he’s a solid practice-squad prospect.
WR Kalil Pimpleton
Positives: Undersized receiver who flashes big-play ability as a pass catcher and return specialist. Displays quickness in and out of breaks, follows the quarterback across the field, and adjusts to errant throws. Looks the ball into his hands. Displays excellent deep speed and the ability to make receptions downfield at top speed.
Tracks the pass in the air, gets vertical, and competes to come away with the reception. Finds the soft spot in the defense, extends his hands, and works to make the reception away from his frame. Effectively uses the sidelines and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Quickly cuts back against the grain and creates yardage with the ball in his hands.
Negatives: Lacks soft hands. Double-catches throws and lets catchable passes slip through his hands. Rarely catches the ball cleanly. Undersized and will be overmatched.
Analysis: Pimpleton possesses the size and style to be a slot receiver and return specialist at the next level. However, he must improve his hands or he’ll never make it out of camp.
OL Bernhard Raimann
Positives: Smart, tough offensive tackle with a large upside. Bends his knees and blocks with leverage, patience, and strength. Fires his hands into opponents and places them correctly. Anchors in pass protection and gets movement run blocking. Intelligent, picks up the blitz, and fights hard throughout the action. Keeps his feet moving, stays square, and seals defenders from the action. Above average getting out to the second level and taking linebackers from the action. Keeps his feet moving, keeps his head on a swivel, and makes outstanding use of blocking angles. Easily controls defenders at the point.
Negatives: Lacks quick and fluid footwork off the edge, does not display much lateral blocking range, and struggles with speedy edge rushers. Overextends into blocks and often leans on opponents. Lacks top arm length for a tackle.
Analysis: Raimann was a very good offensive tackle at Central Michigan and projects to the right side in the NFL. He’ll also receive consideration at guard. He possesses size and growth potential and can be used as a power gap lineman or even in a zone system.
Want more information on Raimann? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan OT | NFL Draft Scouting Report
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