Ronald Jeffery Brace III is a defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, who selected him with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brace played his college football at nearby Boston College. Brace is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 324 pounds.
Prep Career
Brace was an all-state lineman at Burncoat High School in Worcester, MA. He also was a state champion in the shot put for the track team, and chose to attend Boston College.
College Career
Brace redshirted in 2004 and saw limited action in 2005, making one start (against Wake Forest) as a freshman. He became a regular starter in 2006, recording 20 total tackles (3.5 for loss). As a junior, Brace finished with 27 total tackles. His 7.5 tackles for loss were third on the Eagles, and he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection. Brace recorded only 19 total tackles in 14 games as a senior, but 10 of those tackles were for loss, good for fourth among Boston College players. He had 2.5 sacks for the second consecutive season. He was a second team all-ACC selection at defensive tackle, finishing behind Vance Walker of Georgia Tech and teammate B.J. Raji.
NFL Career
Brace was selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Before the 2009 season, Brace signed a four-year contract with New England. Brace struggled to beat out fellow Rookie Myron Pryor for playing time, and recorded just two tackles in the Patriots first 13 games of the season. He started two games late in the season when Pryor and Vince Wilfork were hurt, and finished his rookie season with eight total tackles.