Notre Dame football: Tommy Kraemer predicted to make Lions roster

The Notre Dame football team got tremendous play from Tommy Kraemer, and he could be in line to make the Detroit Lions roster.

The Notre Dame football team is replacing four starters along the offensive line in 2021, and one of them, Tommy Kraemer, is trending in the right direction for the Detroit Lions. In fact, in a recent roster projection over at LionsWire, Jeff Risdon has him making the team as a reserve offensive lineman.

That would be some jump for Kraemer, who went undrafted during the 2021 NFL Draft and was able to latch on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent. A standout player during his time with the Notre Dame football team, Kraemer is showing the Lions he has real staying potential at the next level and will get every opportunity this summer to crack the team’s Week 1 53-man roster.

Remember, this is a Lions team that is rebuilding under first-year head coach Dan Campbell, and Kraemer is one of three former members of the Notre Dame football team that was signed as an undrafted free agent. The others, Javon McKinley and Brock Wright are fighting to make the roster as well, with McKinley projected as a reserve according to Risdon, and Wright on the bubble.

Notre Dame football replacing 14 NFL players in 2021

Overall, this is an interesting season for the Irish, who are replacing 14 players from the 2020 team that went on to be either drafted into the NFL or signed as undrafted free agents. That means Brian Kelly and his staff have a lot of work to do this summer, carving out a starting lineup in preparation to take on Florida State in game No. 1.

For the Irish, there is enough talent left over to do so, but the offensive line is a major question mark. No matter how good the backups are, or the talent coming in is, replacing eighty percent of one of the best offensive lines in college football is not going to be easy for any program, even “Offensive Line U.”

Expect Kraemer to seriously push for a roster spot this summer, and based on his talent, and work ethic, he is going to be loved by this new coaching staff. The Irish are replacing him with All-American talent, and at the next level, it should not be long before Kraemer is not only on the Lions roster but fighting for a starting job.