The Indianapolis Colts have selected Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann with the No. 77 pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Austrian-born tackle will now begin his professional career helping anchor the offensive line for the Colts.
A 6’7”, 305 pound native of Steinbrunn, Austria, Raimann started to play American football at the age of 14 and arrived to the United States as an exchange student as a high school junior. His host family included a Central Michigan football alumnus and that’s where he decided to attend school.
At CMU, he started off as a tight end but eventually transitioned to the offensive line and caught on quickly. He earned First Team All-MAC honors as a senior this past season ab Pro Football Focus named him their 2021 MAC Offensive Player of the Year.
How can Raimann impact the Colts in 2022?
There’s still a project element with Raimann as he’s still learning the position, but he has enough raw ability to project as an eventual starter. He’ll most likely start the season as a backup and work his way up.