As a Recruit
The younger brother of recently-graduated Georgia Tech OL Trey Braun, Parker played his first three years of high school football at Osceola HS in Kissimmee, FL before playing his senior year at Hallsville HS in Hallsville, TX -- about an hour west of Shreveport. He committed to play on the Flats on August 29th, choosing Georgia Tech over offers from several Power-5 programs, including Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. He stands 6'3", and weighs in around 275 pounds.
According to coach Sewak at Georgia Tech's National Signing Day Celebration, the younger Braun is a little more of a "free spirit" than his brother (notice the long hair). I also was sent this picture by his dad, showing Parker perhaps going for something of a "Thor" look.
Braun was a three-star prospect per Rivals (5.7) and the 247Sports Composite (.8712). He was a member of the 2016 ESPN 300, and widely considered one of the top prospects in Georgia Tech's 2016 signing class.
A look at Braun's senior highlights show where his high rating comes from. Playing both guard and tackle, Braun shows excellent athleticism, moving extremely well for a man of his size. When pulling, Braun hits the hole fast and decisively. He also shows an outstanding motor, drive blocking opponents for several seconds at a time and refusing to quit on plays before the whistle. He can frequently be seen chasing a play down from behind, looking for someone else to block downfield.
If there's a point of improvement at this point for Braun, it's probably getting lower to get more leverage. His ability to play lower will be a major point of emphasis in Georgia Tech's offense, and his highlights don't show him bending his knees much or creating much leverage. To continue his success into college, Braun's technique will need to change to adapt to the Yellow Jackets' system.
What to Expect
Of the three OL prospects in Georgia Tech's 2016 class, Braun is the most likely to play immediately. In fact, my guess is that he does end up playing this fall, and there's a few reasons why. First and foremost, the offensive line left much to be desired from last year, and with three seniors having graduated, it's hard to think that playing time is guaranteed for more than a couple of returners. In other words, there's opportunity present for new blood to find its way into the rotation, and Braun is a prime candidate. Part of the reason for that is his flexibility -- Braun's ability to play either the guard or tackle spot will help to maximize his opportunities to get on the field. If any freshmen do make it onto the field, it's most likely to be Braun -- the most polished and developed at this point.
It's unlikely that Braun will start any games in 2016, but it's very realistic to think that he could see some playing time, and it's also realistic to think that an offensive lineman of his talent level could be starting as early as 2017.