The Notre Dame football program is affectionately known as “Offensive Line U,” and a star from the 2020 team recently was promoted to an NFL roster.
During his time with the Notre Dame football team, Tommy Kraemer established himself as one of the premier offensive guards in the country. In fact, before the 2021 NFL Draft, many felt he would be a Day 3 pick, as he had the size, and talent to come in and at least be a depth offensive lineman as a rookie.
Instead, Kraemer went undrafted, but it did not take long for him to find a job, as he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions. Since signing, Kraemer has proven to be a valuable practice squad player, even getting bumped to the 53-man roster briefly earlier this season, but on Wednesday, he was signed to the Lions’ active roster for their Week 8 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
For Kraemer, he will replace Logan Stenberg on the active roster, as Stenberg was placed on injured reserve. Stenberg has mostly been used as a special teams player for the Lions in 2021.
Notre Dame football continues to produce NFL linemen
For the Notre Dame football team, this is just another example of the way the university produces NFL offensive linemen. All four of the starters from the 2020 team that went to the NFL from the offensive line are now on NFL active roster, including Kramer, Liam Eichenberg (Miami), Aaron Banks (San Francisco), and Robert Hainsey (Tampa Bay).
The Notre Dame football team welcomes the UNC Tar Heels to Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, and here is an early look at the line and prediction.
Kraemer had a nice camp, and Detroit was deemed an excellent landing spot for him after going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is going to get a chance to make an impact in Detroit, and based on what we saw during his time in South Bend, all he needs is a chance to turn some heads.