Bernhard Raimann NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Draft Profile: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

Name: Bernhard Raimann

School: Central Michigan University

Year: Sr.

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6’7 305 Ibs.

 

General Info:

Bernhard Raimann committed to CMU for the 2018 season, but his road to the NCAA was longer than most. As a foreign exchange student, Raimann must’ve had to fight for the opportunity to get recruited. Quite literally fighting, as he fought in the Austrian military for 6 months before his college career. He was a 2-star, 230-pound tight-end recruit who never officially talked to other schools.

As a tight end, Raimann started 11 games for CMU. He was relatively productive but was never the superstar he knew he could be. At this time, his biggest personal accomplishment comes from receiving the reward Academic All-MAC honors. Whether it was his decision or the teams, he was moved to left tackle and started immediately.

Raimann’s intelligence and athleticism allowed him to learn the position quickly. By the end of his second year, he earned First Team All-MAC. While it could be said that his competition wasn’t very difficult, he showed that he did not belong in that league. In his final year, he only let up 10 pressures: amounting to only 1 sack.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths:

Bernhard Raimann is a super human. Anyone 6’7 305 pounds should not be able to run a 5.05 40 yard dash and vertically jump over 30 inches. These numbers only prove what he has shown on tape. He uses his athleticism to perform in both the running and passing games. Fluid hips and speed allow him to get to the second level and block all angles creating massive lanes. His 30 reps on the bench press make up for his lack of size at the position. Also, his quick and precise footwork is good enough to make up for his lack of exceptional length for a tackle. However, this wouldn’t be as much of an issue if he transitions to guard at the next level.

Raimann’s strengths can be summed up as “intangibles” because his second strength is his brain. He plays so much better than he should be after only two years at the position. Picking up schemed blitzes like stunts is second nature for him: something the 2021 Packers struggled with. Understanding the game is a key part of being successful at the next level and there are no question marks regarding Raimann and his intelligence.

 

Weaknesses:

Before getting into any weaknesses Raimann possesses, it’s important to realize that he was a tight end two years ago. So even though he may have quite a lot to work on, that just makes him that much scarier because he has so much room to grow. However, his growth might have to come at a guard position because the only intangible that Raimann does not excel at, is his length. A true speed rush could get around him at the next level if he’s playing tackle. Unfortunately, if Raimann wants to play guard, he will need to beef up a little bit. He’s gained a lot of weight since his tight-end days, but he still has a little to go. He was able to prove his strength at the combine, but if he cannot gain weight, an NFL bull rush will send him into his quarterback’s lap.

Another thing that might hurt Raimann’s draft stock is his age. In September, he will be 25 which is about 4 years older than the average age of a Packer’s draft selection. Combine that with a lack of experience at the position and Raimann could be seen as quite the gamble. Either way, some team will gamble on him because he is that good.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Raimann better be praying that he gets drafted to the Packers because Adam Stenovich is the perfect offensive coordinator to develop a talent that needs a lot of development. Packers fans might as well be praying that they draft him. After the release of Billy Turner and the Bears singing Lucas Patrick, the Packers need depth at the offensive line. At least, until Elgton Jenkins returns from his ACL injury.

He may not be as pro-ready as other prospects, but the Packers tend to draft for potential. For example, look at Rashan Gary. Since he won’t need to start all year, he will be able to get enough snaps to progress, but not too many as to become a liability. If an offensive lineman goes down with an injury, and they will, he will serve as a good enough backup.

In the future, he could be the starting right tackle or guard. However, those positions might be filled long-term with Royce Newman and Elgton Jenkins or Yosh Nijman. Matt LaFleur always says that the best five linemen will play. Eventually, Raimann will be in that top five. If he is still around during the Packers’ first second-round pick, they should take him immediately.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 22, 2022 at 05:49 pm

If the Packers need immediate help while Jenkins is out, is Raimann the answer? I get the freakish athleticism, but the argument seems to be for him in the long-term, not that he can be ready by September. I think he is a bit more of a project than that.

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Turophile's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:14 pm

While it would be nice to see Raimann starting game 1, you don't draft a guy for his rookie season, you get him for the longer haul.

If he can be had for a late 2nd round pick, he would be fine value for the Packers, especially if Stenovich (or more accurately Butkus these days) can work the same kind of magic that was present during the 2021 season.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 23, 2022 at 05:02 pm

Agreed - this the quote that triggered the thought bubble: "After the release of Billy Turner and the Bears singing Lucas Patrick, the Packers need depth at the offensive line. At least, until Elgton Jenkins returns from his ACL injury." If we need depth that we can start in an emergency until Jenkins gets back, then I'd probably look someplace else. You're right to say that probably isn't in the draft at all.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 23, 2022 at 05:02 pm

Agreed - this the quote that triggered the thought bubble: "After the release of Billy Turner and the Bears singing Lucas Patrick, the Packers need depth at the offensive line. At least, until Elgton Jenkins returns from his ACL injury." If we need depth that we can start in an emergency until Jenkins gets back, then I'd probably look someplace else. You're right to say that probably isn't in the draft at all.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:27 pm

I don't know if he's our guy, but I fully expect Gutey will draft an OT. If he feels we need a guy to hold down a starting job until Bakh and Jenkins are fully healthy, he'll probably spend one of our first 5 picks on one.

Knowing our tendencies, we'll probably draft one anyway.

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oceanstrength's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:09 pm

How is 'length' a weakness? The guy is 6'7"

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 22, 2022 at 07:20 pm

His arms are 33 3/4 which is slightly shorter than average for OT (34-35), but half an inch longer than Brian Bulaga's, and he did fine.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 23, 2022 at 03:06 am

32 and 7/8ths per draftscout and NFL.com.
They have Bulaga at 33 and 1/4 inches.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:10 pm

I like it. Since the Adams trade it's slowly dawned on me to fix the offensive line.

IF...we could start the season with Bakhtiari-Runyon-Myers-Newman-Raimann and Nijman, that leaves us 6 deep. Still too shallow, IMO, but it'd be a good start. Nothing is more important than protecting the QB and opening holes in the run game.

Some of you guys think that some other guy on our roster is "good enough" and we just need to add a Day 3 guy or something. I think we should aim a little higher than that.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:11 pm

double

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:33 pm

The guy has a weakness...he doesn't have ideal length at 6'7".

Huh?

What is ideal "length"? 6'10"?

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stockholder's picture

March 22, 2022 at 06:55 pm

Pass - Target Green First.

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ricky's picture

March 22, 2022 at 07:32 pm

What about his pad level? That is the most important thing for any offensive lineman. Everything else is gravy.

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HarryHodag's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:24 am

Routinely left out of the stories about the freak athletes is whether the player can actually get the job done, i.e., have the football skills to dominate against superior talent.

Playing against college athletes is one thing. Stopping T.J. Watt from squashing Aaron Rodgers is another.

While smaller college players sometimes rise to the top, often they aren't as skilled as the major college players who face NFL-level talent each week. Put CMU against Alabama and see how he fares.

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