Scouting Report: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

By Kelby Goodman

Number: #93 | Hometown: Casper, WY | Height: 6040 | Weight: 291 | Hand: 0934 | Arm: 3234 | Forty: 4.98 | Bench: 30 | Vert: 35” | Broad: 9-9 | Shuttle: 4.48 | L-Drill: 7.12 | Class: 2018


A rare athletic talent on the defensive line that he has drawn comparisons to JJ Watt. While those may be rather lofty comparisons, when you look at production on the field, the traits and potential are there—there’re few prospects with faster get-offs. He can be moved all over the line, as he played both interior and end at Florida. Beyond his impressive burst, he shows excellent bend to drop the inside shoulder away from the guard and make himself skinny. With his length, he’s at his best when he can get his arms locked out and use his push-pull technique to disengage from the blocker. While he possesses the foot speed to run down plays from behind, his awareness prevents him from doing so at times. If he is unable to engage the blocker first, too often he gets washed down the line or stonewalled. His hand work can get lazy, as he struggles to break free when hands get in on his frame. His size can work against him at times, as he gets tall too quickly and loses his leverage at the point of attack. The lack of production (5.5 career sacks and 10.5 career TFL) will be concerning to some evaluators; his consistency on tape was evident, some plays he would have extreme burst and others he was one of the last off the line. His game is very similar to Cameron Heyward (Steelers). If he improves his strength and hand movement, he could be a major force for years to come in the league where they play for pay.


2017: Declared for the NFL Draft after the season… Started all 11 games at defensive tackle… Recorded 40 total tackles, six tackles-for-loss, four sacks and three quarterback hurries… His four sacks were tied for the second-most on the team… Posted his best game as a collegian against Texas A&M when tallied seven total tackles and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 13 yards… Garnered Second Team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press.

2016: Appeared in all 13 games throughout the season and started two… Totaled 17 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup… Led the team with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries… Recorded a career-high four tackles at Arkansas and registered his lone sack of the season against South Carolina.

2015: Played in 12 games and started at defensive tackle in UF’s victory over Ole Miss… Totaled 10 tackles with 1.5 tackles-for-loss… Had two quarterback hurries… Recovered a fumble and returned it 48 yards against Florida Atlantic… Posted multiple tackles against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

2014: Did not see any game action and redshirted.

High School: Unanimously selected as the 2013 Conference Defensive Player of the Year… Named to the All-State First Team on both the defensive line and the offensive line and to the All-Conference First Team on the offensive line as a high school senior… Honored with the 2013 Natrona County Iron Man award… Helped lead Natrona County to a 41-6 record in his final three seasons, including back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013… Chose Florida over Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming… Coached by Steve Harshman

Tackles: 7 (Texas A&M, 2017)
Sacks: 1.5 (Texas A&M, 2017)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (2x, last vs. South Carolina, 2016)



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