2017 was largely a season to forget in Gainesville. However, that disappointment appears to be in the rear view mirror for a defensive tackle named Taven Bryan, who’s stock for the 2018 NFL Draft appears to be on the rise. And, it may very well end up with his name being called in the opening round.
Bryan had a non-desript final redshirt junior season at Florida, with just 40 tackles, four sacks, and six tackles for loss. And with head coach Jim McElwain being removed after the Georgia game, the Florida season basically unraveled. They finished with a losing record missing out on a post season game.
So, why is Bryan now got some buzz around him?
More on that, shortly.
First some background on the Wyoming born Bryan, who is the son of a former Navy SEAL team member and was profiled by Eric Adelson of Yahoo sports:
Tiger Woods wanted to train like a Navy SEAL. Here's a story on Florida DT and NFL draft prospect Taven Bryan, the son of a Navy SEAL. (Hey, you gotta mention the trending topics on here!) https://t.co/GYnZ1jbXpi
— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) April 5, 2018
Interestingly, Bryan, who was lured to Florida originally by former coach Will Muschamp, basically unloaded on the lack of strength and conditioning program under McElwain and his staff with his “we looked like the Pillsbury dough boys” comment.
He’s been anything but a “dough boy” in the evaluation process. Not just the 450lbs. that he benched in the video in that article, but his technique and quickness have got the eye of some teams, as well.
At Florida’s pro day on March 28th, numerous teams were out see what Bryan looked like, including the Dallas Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who came to Gainesville personally to put Bryan through some work that he wanted:
— Ryan Young (@RyanYoungSEC) March 28, 2018
Bryan is still behind Washington’s Vita Vea and Michgian’s Maurice Hurst in most mock drafts for defensive interior linemen. However, the NFL obviously thinks he will go highly, as they gave him one of the 22 total invites on Thursday to attend the NFL Draft in Dallas.
This is a clear indication from the league that they believe Bryan will be taken, if not in the first round, then night two, probably in the top of the second round.
That would be a quite a final chapter on Bryan’s journey to try to make it in pro football.
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