The Trench Warfare 2022 NFL Draft Film Room - Episode 5 featuring Central Michigan OT Bernhard Raimann
Welcome back everyone to another edition of the film room with former Central Michigan tackle Bernhard Raimann. Raimann has one of the most unique stories in the 2021 draft class and you will get to learn more about his path after listening to the show.
Raimann was born and raised in Vienna, Austria before becoming a foreign exchange student his junior year of high school in 2016. He spent time wrestling and in track and field while playing tight end, earning a 2-star rating and scholarship to Central Michigan.
Raimann returned to Austria for his senior year of high school, served six months in the military and didn't play football in 2017. He returned to the U.S. in 2018 and went on to play two seasons (11 starts) at tight end for Central Michigan before making the switch to offensive line at 245 pounds. Since then he has rapidly developed both physically and technically, picking up some of the finer aspects of playing offensive line remarkably fast considering how new he is to the position.
We sat down for an hour to break down the details of his journey as a player while studying and breaking down his 2021 film. There were a wide-range of topics covered, but a clear theme emerged at the end: Raimann getting into compromising positions due to the rawness that still exists in his game, but also getting himself out of those to stay attached to blocks using special body control, balance and quickness. This is really the dichotomy in his profile as a prospect that has captivated so many evaluators, including myself.
Some of the other topics we covered are listed below:
Detailed breakdowns of Raimann’s toughest matchups from the season including Miami of Ohio’s Dominique Robinson, Western Michigan’s Ali Fayad, LSU, Missouri and others.
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