Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame offensive lineman from Elder HS, signs with Detroit Lions
Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer, a former Elder High School standout, is signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent.
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The 6-foot-5 1/2, 309-pound Kraemer transitioned from tackle to guard while at Notre Dame. As a grad student, he earned Associated Press All-America Third Team in addition to All-ACC First Team honors in 2020.
Kraemer's Elder teammate, quarterback Peyton Ramsey, signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.
Kraemer was named the Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year as a senior at Elder in Dec. 2015.
Kraemer was an elite prospect coming out of Elder High School in Cincinnati, ranked among the top 40 prospects in the country for his work protecting eventual Indiana and Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey. Kraemer was a bit spoiled as a redshirt freshman in South Bend, starting 12 of 13 games at right tackle alongside future first-round picks Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. That group won the Joe Moore Award as the top offensive line in the country. He started 10 of 12 games at right guard as a redshirt sophomore and continued starting at the position for the first seven contests in 2019 before suffering a season-ending sprained MCL in his left knee. Kraemer came back as a redshirt senior, earning third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC honors by starting 10 of 11 games played at right guard. He missed time with an appendectomy during the season.
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