TAVEN BRYAN

Florida
DT

Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
Casper, WY
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
291 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.35
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.98
Seconds
 
Bench Press
30
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.12
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.48
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Bryan is the son of a Navy Seal who grew up in Casper, Wyoming, earning all-state honors as an offensive and defensive lineman as a high school senior. He redshirted in 2014 before taking a reserve role for 12 games in 2015 (10 tackles, 1.5 for loss). As a sophomore, Bryan started two of 13 games played, making 17 tackles, three for loss, and one sack, and showing glimpses of his potential. NFL scouts got to see even more possibilities during his junior season, as he started all 11 games (one September game was canceled due to weather), posting 40 tackles, six for loss, and four sacks. Bryan decided to move on from Gainesville after the team's disappointing 4-7 season to try his hand at the pros.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Robert Nkemdiche
Overview
Talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits. Bryan's lack of production is due to a lack of instincts and feel for the position and he's still in a developmental phase as a prospect. Bryan played inside at Florida but has the size and talent to play inside or outside. His instincts and feel are below average so his development could take time, but when he is a finished product, Bryan has the ability to become a disruptive, highly productive talent with a very high ceiling
Strengths
  • Athletically gifted with loose lower body
  • Plays with flexibility and agility of a defensive end
  • Big upfield burst off the ball
  • Gets skinny and slithers through gaps causing disruption in backfield
  • Flashes disruptive potential that is waiting to be fully cultivated
  • Initial lateral quickness allows him to pace ahead of the block
  • Rare pursuit speed and closing burst for interior player
  • Rangy tackler who plays with extended life battery in his motor
  • Extremely tough and determined
  • Uses explosive push-pull and punch-release techniques for quick wins at the point
  • Has the turn in both upper and lower body to flip quickly around his blocker
  • Works quickly to an edge to attack as rusher
  • Can bend under the guard's edge and corner right around to attack the quarterback
Weaknesses
  • Narrow through hips
  • Body type looks out of place as an interior lineman
  • Lacks mass to hold his ground against power
  • Slow to unhinge from block when blocker finds his frame first
  • Will stumble along interior trash and end up on ground due to lack of base width
  • Below-average power and contact balance
  • Jostled by redirection
  • Production has been hampered by lack of instincts and awareness up to this point
  • Has to learn to keep his head up and keep eyes beyond his initial attack
  • Has just 62 career tackles and 5.5 sacks despite his athletic ability and overall talent
Sources Tell Us

"He's starter level talent but I don't think that is going to be next year. He's out here getting by on his AA (athletic ability) but he doesn't have enough feel for the game yet. That doesn't happen overnight." -- former player and NFC team scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league