NFL.com’s Chad Reuter projects Colts to select CMU OT Bernhard Raimann, Nevada QB Carson Strong in latest simulation draft



According to NFL.com Chad Reutersthe Indianapolis Colts should select Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernard Raiman and Nevada quarterback carson strong in his final four-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft:

To take 42

Indianapolis Colts

(from WAS)

Bernard Raiman

Central Michigan · OT · Senior

Choose 73

Indianapolis Colts

(from WAS)

carson strong

Nevada QB Junior (RS)

As for Raimann, the 6’6″, 303-pound offensive tackle (with 32 7/8″ arms) and formerly converted tight end made all 6 starts at left tackle in 2021 for the Chippewas – winning the first All-MAC team and Sporting News second-team All-American honors respectively.

Although he has relatively short arms, Raimann was highly regarded for his athleticism, lateral quickness and movement skills – with the ability to scale second tier defenses with relative ease. However, being relatively new to the position, his technique could be refined.

He has a relative athletic score [RAS] of 9.81 out of a potential of 10.0which again, showcases his impressive athleticism at attacking tackle.

Here is what they say about Raimann:

Meanwhile, Strong is a 6’3″, 226-pound junior quarterback who has thrown 366 of 522 throws (70.1% completion rate) for 36 passing touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 12 starts, earning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mountain West honors for a straight season in 2021.

As a pocket passer, Strong has exceptional arm talent with the ability to fine tune the football and really tear it up in tight space when needed with the ability to launch multiple platforms. He has the mentality of a gunslinger in his pocket, but also needs to be quicker in processing his reads and throwing the football away sometimes. There are also durability issues regarding his surgically repaired right knee.

Strong is also highly regarded for his leadership, so he could make sense on ‘Day 2’ for the Colts as a developmental quarterback behind the veteran starter. matt ryan– should it slip a little in the draft. The hope would be that he could be groomed behind Ryan for two seasons before assuming the starting position for the Colts in 2024.

Here’s the truth about Strong:

It would really be something if the Colts could find their future left tackle and quarterback in the same draft class respectively.

For what it’s worth, Reuters also has the Colts selecting Cincinnati senior wideout. Alec Pierce in the fourth round, who caught 52 receptions for 884 receiving yards (average 17.0) and 8 touchdown receptions in 14 starts in 2021 – while receiving second-team All-AAC honors.

At 6’3″, 211 pounds, with a time of 4.41 forty, Pierce has the ideal height-speed combo, who plays like a great physical possession player – with considerable toughness, but could struggle to separate to the next level and needs to further develop his course by running.

Still, such a draft class would be incredibly offensive for the Colts, while hopefully filling in some key holes for the long-term picture.