TE Ben Braunecker, Harvard
This tight end class isn’t one to write home about. Hunter Henry is the clear standout, and there’s also some talent with Nick Vannett and Jerell Adams. What the class lacks is depth, but Harvard’s Ben Braunecker is an interesting prospect.
Braunecker’s strengths lie with his pass catching ability. For a team searching for a move tight end, the Harvard product might be a good solution. He is a good route-runner and has safe hands. While he isn’t the quickest, Braunecker is tough to tackle and offers some yard after the catch ability.
The issue is with his blocking, and whether he can make the jump to the NFL level. Jamie Newberg of CBSSports.com touched on this in his scouting report, although he believes Braunecker could be a good late-round target:
"“Braunecker could be a nice find, especially considering his ability to assist in the passing game, where he can get open and make plays. Teams will question his ability to be a good blocker in the run game and how he will transition to the speed of the NFL overall.”"
In a weak tight end class, Braunecker might be worth a punt on day three of the draft.