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Combine Results

5.23 ?
  • 4.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.32 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 250LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


The last four players drafted from Harvard enjoyed at least some NFL success, from long-time starting center Matt Birk to special teams ace Isaiah Kacyvenski to veteran starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Ravens versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Braunecker (and his teammate, offensive tackle Cole Toner) could be next on the draft list after an All-American (AP, Walter Camp, AFCA) senior season with the Crimson. The first team All-Ivy League selection caught 48 passes for 850 yards and eight touchdowns (including four 100-yard games in the last six weeks), easily outdistancing his production as a sophomore (9-91, one touchdown) and junior (11-227, one touchdown).

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds
Vertical: 37 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch



Physical and mean as a blocker. Plays with good knee bend and hip explosion as in­line blocker. Blocks to and thru the whistle and completely overwhelmed many of his opponents. Accelerates into routes with good push and is able to sink and cut with sharpness. Effective route adjustment against contact downfield. Understands how to use leverage to create space in his routes. Carries himself with some attitude.


Was physically overwhelming much smaller players on the perimeter. Might not have anywhere near same success as a blocker against bigger, stronger opposition. Gets a little lazy with routes at times. Hands in traffic appear to be just average. Allows throws into his frame. Needs to do better job of settling into space and protecting throws with his frame. Game could use a little more finesse.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

NFL Comparison

Ryan Hewitt

Bottom Line

Was clearly too big and physical for many of the defenders who tried to stop him. Braunecker looks to have just average speed, but we will find out for sure at the combine. He lacks desired size as an in­line tight end, but is a perfect fit as a move tight end that is able to block from a variety of angles and still help in the passing game. Braunecker's physicality and confidence is appealing, but can he make the big step up?
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster