The Green Bay Packers own two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 28) of the 2022 NFL draft. In this “Packers draft profile” series, we will look at several options for Green Bay in the first round and dissect their collegiate careers, highlight reel and how they would fit with the team.
In this edition, we look at Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann.
Raimann’s ride to where he is now is quite the roller coaster.
Born in Austria, Raimann didn’t start playing organized football until he was 14 years old. When he walked on campus at Central Michigan, he spent his first two seasons as a tight end before making the transition to offensive tackle.
While some envision Raimann to be a developmental project, there’s still a good shot he can step in and be a Day 1 starter on someone’s offensive line. His transition to the position went rather smoothly and he was recognized for it by landing on the first-team All-MAC list.
NFL COMBINE RESULTS
40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds
Bench press: 30 reps
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches
3 cone drill: 7.46 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.49 seconds
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann is an impressive developmental prospect who has all of the physical tools needed to become a plus starting offensive tackle in the NFL. Raimann is an
international player who is originally from Austria and came to Central Michigan initially as a tight end while also lettering in wrestling and track & field. Those athletic tools are quite apparent for Raimann, who spent his first two seasons as a TE on the roster and logged 20 receptions for 164 yards between the 2018 and 2019 seasons before stacking on weight and converting to play tackle. When you consider he’s got a two-year exposure to offensive tackle, it is easy to see why there’s such an enthusiasm about his projection to the pro game as he continues to master his new position.” - The Draft Network
“With alluring athleticism and an impressive skill set, Raimann is just scratching the surface of his potential. His initial transition from tight end to left tackle occurred in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making his rapid transformation fairly remarkable. He is a much better technician than he should be at this stage, but his approach is also mechanical and he could struggle against sophisticated edge defenders until he learns to diversify his pass sets and hand usage. Raimann's instincts and fundamentals at the position are still in a developmental phase so bumps in the road are expected, but his best football is ahead of him and he should become a long-time starter at left tackle.” - Lance Zierlein NFL.com
HOW HE FITS
With the departure of Billy Turner and the unknown of not only when Elgton Jenkins will return but also where he’ll end up on the line has created some questions up front for the Packers.
On one hand, knowing that Raimann may be somewhat of a project who needs time to round out could have a team like the Packers shy away knowing that they are all-in for 2022. On the flip side of the coin, there’s still the likelihood that Raimann starts right away and his ceiling and the unknown of what he could develop into is wildly interesting.
Drafting Raimann would give Green Bay even more flexibility on the line and would allow them to slot Jenkins in at a guard spot once he returns from his torn ACL injury.
There’s a wide belief the Packers will take a wide receiver in Round 1, but remember they have two picks and every time Green Bay looks like they’ll zig, they zag. Don’t be shocked if they go with a big fella up front with one of their early selections.