NFL Draft Day Two: Best international players to watch
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Night one of 2022 NFL Draft is over as 32 first-round selections have been made. Three promising internationals were projected as first-round picks. Yet only one was chosen as Kansas City Chiefs selected Greek defensive end george Karlaftis of Purdue with the 30th pick overall.
Some second-day international hopefuls to watch tonight are of course, Scotland and from Nigeria David Ojabo with austria Bernard Raiman. These two were considered all but locks for the first round, but didn’t hear their names called last night. Other international selections scheduled for day two include three canadian players and a Cameroonian linebacker.
Let’s take a look at the international outlook for Day 2 of the NFL Draft:
Bernhard Raimann OT Central Michigan 6’6″, 303 lbs:
Raimann is a product of Vienna vikings youth program in Austria. After playing receiver and tight end for one of Europe best programs, Raimann played football in high school as an exchange student at Michigan and picked up an offer from the Chippewas. Great Austrian started his NCAA career as a tight end before moving to the offensive line in 2020. After only playing the position for one season, he earned full conference honors.
In one of the many surprises of the night, Bernhard Raimann was not selected in the first round. the enormous Austrian was ranked the second-best lineman in the nation last season according to PFF, and was named Conference Player of the Year after a dominant season for Central Michigan.
Raimann is a product of Vienna vikings youth program in Austria. After playing receiver and tight end for one of Europe best programs, Raimann played football in high school as an exchange student at Michigan and picked up an offer from the Chippewas. He spent two seasons there as a tight end before moving to the offensive line.
The draft analyst expects his drop in the draft to end soon, as a team will likely pick up the talented tackle early in the second round.
Learn more about Raimann here.
Movie Theater Preview: Bernhard Raimann breaks down one of my favorite reps on his 2021 film. Great example of what it’s like to stay leveraged on a block to finish. Footwork 🤌 pic.twitter.com/BsbtkSXsve
—Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) April 4, 2022
David Ojabo OF Michigan 6’4″, 250 lbs:
the Nigerian born Scottish the high pass thrower continues to wait to hear his name after tearing his Achilles tendon on his pro day in March. The injury likely cost him a first-round payday, as he was considered top-15 before his unlucky crash.
On the court, Ojabo had 11 sacks and five forced fumbles last season in his first year as a starter. The junior only played football for five seasons, learning the game late in high school.
The promising passing thrower has one of the highest upsides in this year’s draft. His film shows a bizarre athlete with extremely long arms and a lightning-fast first step. His combined numbers backed that up with a 4.55 dash from 40 yards. The question is when will a team pull the trigger on a player they may not see back until 2023. Most pundits predict he will leave early in the second round tonight.
Learn more about Ojabo here.
– NFL (@NFL) March 9, 2022
John Metchie WR Alabama 6′ 195
Metchie was once considered a lock for the first round becoming Bama’s go to the receiver. After a strong sophomore campaign, Metchie was on pace for a monster junior season with 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games.
Unfortunately for Metchie, he tore his ACL while covering a punt in the SECOND championship game. The injury makes his showing a mystery as many teams were on to him but will likely have to wait until 2023 to see him in action.
the old Alabama the star was born in Taiwan has a Nigerian father and Taiwanese mother, and lived in Ghana and in Canadabefore going to WE at the age of 14.
My favorite Day 2 receiver for KC: John Metchie pic.twitter.com/rso6MqFjtb
— The Reid Option (@ReidOptionKC) April 26, 2022
Jesse Luketa LB Penn State 6’3 253
Companion canadian Jesse Luketa joins Metchie as a second-day prospect. the Ottawa the native earned third-team All Big Ten honors last year, making 61 tackles, one interception and a half sack as a linebacker and defensive end for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Versatility and leadership are what scouts love about Luketa as he was the favorite of the two Penn States supporters and coaches. Still, scouts question his speed and covering ability, especially against tight ends at the next level.
Definitions of “snap” and “anticipation”:
snap- a rapid backward movement of the ball that starts a game
an•tic•i•pa•tion- a feeling of excitement about something that will happen in the near future (QB sack)
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 25, 2022
Arnold Kevin Ebiketie DE/LB Penn State 6’3 256
Another Penn State nittany Lion Arnold Ebiketie is waiting to hear his name on day two. Born in Yaounde, Cameroon (the hometown of NBA star Joel Embiid), Ebiketie ended up playing high school football in the talent-filled Maryland region, before obtaining a grant for Temple University.
Ebiketie spent four seasons with the Owls before going to Penn State in 2021. In its first year in Good Valley, he led the team with 18 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks on his way to first-team all-Big Ten honors.
Scouts love his quick hands and variety of pass rush moves, but question his overall athletic ability. Most see Ebiketie competing in the third or fourth round of the draft.
Point of view : @PennStateFball DL Arnold Ebiketie is rushing at you. 😳
– NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2022
Luiji Villain OF Wake Forest 6’3 256
Another international defender to watch on matchday two is canadian Luiji Vilian. Villain played one season at Wake Forest last year after spending most of his career with the Michigan wolverines. Villain has put up some good numbers in 2021, collecting 34 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and eight sacks. Still, that was really its only year of production.
Scouts love his combined numbers and athletic assets, which go well with his high-powered flick. Still, they are hesitant to take a chance on a prospect who has just one good season under his belt.
Since moving to Wake Forest, the super senior has 3.5 sacks in 4 games.
— JC Abbott (@TheJCAbbott) September 26, 2021
Even with the talent taken in the first round and projected for tonight, there will be many more international players who are likely to be picked up tomorrow or maybe tonight as the draft is always full of surprises. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full list of international players scheduled for Rounds 4-7.