In just under two weeks, football athlete Bernhard Raimann will find out where his journey in the NFL is going.
In the NFL Draft 28-30. April, 32 teams will select their favorites among the best college graduates on the market. The 24-year-old offensive tackle has already passed his castings.
“Now it’s time to wait,” stressed Raimann, who has teamed up with a well-known player agency, only underlining his good prospects.
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Great interest in power center Raimann
Experts see Raimann as a candidate for the first round of the draft, and an interested team is likely to snap up in the second round.
“Whatever should happen should happen too. I have already submitted all my tests and job interviews. Now it is up to the teams to decide whether they will choose me or not,” said Burgenlander from APA.
Raimann revealed that he had a whole series of conversations with club officials behind him. The interest in the power center should be great, especially as the Austrian holds a position that is in demand right now.
Discussions with “a large part of the organizations”
Even at the Senior Bowl in February, a kind of all-star match for the college leagues, “you have 32 interviews with scouts where you first talk about yourself”. He then met with various coaches, general managers and club owners at the NFL Combine in early March, had zoom interviews, or visited individual teams on site in the weeks that followed.
“Once you’ve done this whole process, you’ve really had initial conversations with a lot of people and most of the organizations,” Raimann said. “I already know most of the offensive coaches and also a relatively large number of head coaches and owners.”
He does not have a team he would most like to play for. “I let it all come to me.”
Well-known agency like an ace up your sleeve?
The two-meter man has recently been looked after by the well-known agency Rep1 Sports from Los Angeles, which is particularly busy with football and baseball.
Notable clients include quarterbacks Jared Goff (Detroit Lions) and Carson Wentz (Washington Commanders). Both have recently switched teams and, thanks to their agents’ negotiating skills, they sit on contracts worth millions.
Recipient Cooper Kupp of the Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams is also one of the athletes under his care. Ben Roethlisberger, who has since retired, also relied on the agency.
No trip to Las Vegas
Raimann has some sympathy for the Lions, as the state of Michigan, where the metropolis of Detroit is located, has become his anchor point in the United States in recent years.
He first played high school football as an exchange student in the small town of Delton, then went to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant for four years. He currently spends most of his time there and his parents from Austria are coming to visit soon. “I have not been to Austria since 2019,” Raimann said.
In Michigan, that’s the current plan, Raimann will also follow the draft with the entire family of his girlfriend, with whom he has been dating for several years. He is not taking the trip to Las Vegas, where talent training is taking place this year.
Draft “is of course only the beginning”
Raimann could become the first Austrian to get a spot on an NFL team via draft.
“For me personally, of course, it would be a great honor if it worked that way. Of course, the draft is only the beginning and not the end goal,” he explained.
“I would definitely be happy at the moment, but then it’s just on to the next goal.”
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