Dallas Cowboys Draft Option 3
Bernhard Raimann, OT/OG
Bernhard Raimann, a converted tight end, is another player who should be moving up boards after his brilliant 2021 film has been fully digested. The 6-foot-7, 305lbs tackle from Central Michigan was an elite pass-protector and run-blocker last season. He’s also already a personal favorite of mine early in the draft process.
Currently slotted by most as a fringe first/second round pick, Bernhard appears to be rising up boards this winter and could even push into the top half of round 1. He’s playing in the Senior Bowl next month which has the potential to vault him if he can show out in front everyone against a variety of opponents.
What will also ultimately determine Raimann’s future is how he looks inside. One of the tantalizing things about Raimann is his position flex. If he doesn’t immediately look like a starter on the outside he could be used temporarily as a guard inside while he builds out his frame and technique.
That’s exactly what I’d want the Dallas Cowboys to target in this draft. Tyron Smith is getting up there in years and having a high-end prospect developing in the background would be comforting. The only things is you don’t want to spend a premium pick ad have him rotting the bench.
Drafting a OT that can play OG for a year or two offers value today and value tomorrow. It allows the Cowboys to play the situation “by ear” and ride out the remaining good years Tyron has (however long it may be).
Bernhard Raimann made Bruce Feldman’s freak list running a 4.60 shuttle with a 33-inch vertical, 9-7 ½ broad jump, and a 1.56 10-yard sprint. Oh yeah, he benches over 450 lbs. too.