Football Standouts Excel at NFL Combine

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Harvard football standouts Ben Braunecker and Cole Toner participated in the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Scouting Combine over the weekend.

Braunecker earned top marks across the events, posting a top-three finish for tight ends in the  60-yard shuttle (first, 11.32), vertical jump (second, 35.5), broad jump (second, 10'1''), 3-cone drill (second, 6.90), 20-yard shuttle (second, 4.2) and bench press (third, 20). Braunecker also ran a 4.73 in the 40-yard shuttle, just 0.02 off the second-place mark.

Toner also posted strong marks across the events. The offensive lineman ran a 5.32 40-yard dash. Toner hit 22 reps on the bench press and jumped 103.0 inches in the board jump. In the 3-cone dill, Toner posted a 7.88 second speed and finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.59 seconds.  

The two Crimson student-athletes marked the fourth and fifth Harvard players to be invited to the Combine. It marked the first time that two players from the same Ivy League school have been invited to the Combine in a single year.

Harvard will host its 2016 Pro Day Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m.