By: Steve Johnson
Taven Bryan, DL Florida
6’5 291 32 3/4″ arms, 9 3/4″ hands
4.98 40, 35″ vert, 119″ broad jump
2015: 12 games. 9 tackles, 1.5 TFL, .5 sack, 1 int, 1 FR for 48 yards
2016: 13 games. 16 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pass break up, 2 FR, 1 FF
2017: 11 games. 37 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks,
Misc. Stats: 1 car, -1 yard
Accolades: 2017 Second-team All-SEC
History: Three-star recruit OL/DL, out of Casper, WY. He chose Florida over staying close to home with a PAC-12 team.
Strengths: Ideal size. Great athlete. Loose hips. Tested similar to JJ Watt athleticism. Elite get off. Great feet. Has the ability to “get skinny” in a one gap system. Makes it hard for linemen to get set and their hands up. Can get into the backfield almost immediately to disrupt the run game and free up his backers. Good initial punch. Relentless pursuit. Has chase down ability you typical see out of edge rushers.
Weaknesses: Still raw, only started 13 games. Needs to become thicker to play inside in the NFL, especially a lower base. Spends too much time on the ground. Lacks fundamentals needed to excel at the next level, relies on athleticism. Needs to become a better technician. Instincts are subpar.
Overview: Bryan is a late bloomer, who really made a name for himself in 2017. He has elite size and athleticism. His get off and feet are tremendous, but he will need to develop a stronger base to be more effective in the box. Bryan may sneak into the first round for a team looking for a 1 gap penetrator, with the increase of importance of interior pressure in recent years.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.30
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