Taven Bryan NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Jacksonville Jaguars' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan, left, forces a fumble as he tackles South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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POSITIVES

—Electric one-gap penetrator who has power, speed and effort.

—Shoots through the line with quickness and can stun interior offensive linemen.

—Light feet and loose hips allow him to win with burst, but he also possesses secondary pass rush moves like a spin and can be dangerous on stunts.

—Tough with an aggressive approach to the point of attack and doesn't shy away from blockers.

—Has the upper-body strength to shed blockers and the speed to chase down ball-carriers.

—Has the frame to play either inside of a 4-3 or on the outside of a 3-4 defense as a 5-tech.

                

NEGATIVES

—Block recognition can be poor, and instincts are questionable.

—Needs to better control his pad height to win with leverage.

—Short-armed at 32 ¾".

—Production never matched the hype or athleticism.

               

OVERALL

Taven Bryan might be seen as more of a developmental player, but he has true Round 1 traits thanks to his athleticism and the pressure he can generate in the middle of the defensive line. He's an ideal fit for a 4-3 defense that wants a one-gap penetrator and should hear his name called in the first 40 picks.

                

GRADE: 6.99 (Round 2)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Sheldon Richardson, Minnesota Vikings

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