Expert Opinion: DT Taven Bryan’s Profile

Florida defensive tackle, Taven Bryan, is rising up draft boards of late. The athletic redshirt junior probably has the best burst of any DT in this draft. Having only started for one full season at Florida and changing positions in college does leave us a bit in the dark as to his true ability.

The 6’4” 291-pound Bran played O-line and DE in high school, so he has much to learn about playing DT. He had respectable numbers for his position in 2017, but we all know that you don’t grade a DT based on numbers. His burst and athleticism will appeal to NFL scouts and GMs.

Bryan performed well at the Combine, running a sub-five-second 40, hitting 30 reps on the bench and impressing with a 35” vertical. Those numbers undoubtedly caught the eye of anyone who wasn’t already familiar with the Casper, Wyoming product.

Bryan is seen as a first-rounder by most analysts and I would agree. The ability to provide pressure on the quarterback is something that all teams continuously look to upgrade. I believe he’ll go somewhere between the 20th and 30th picks.

The Browns appear to be in good shape at DT with Larry Ogunjobi and Caleb Brantley projected as starters now, but the departure of Danny Shelton leaves us wondering about the position. Does John Dorsey believe the position is in good hands with young players currently on the roster or is he planning to add a disruptive player via the draft?

If the Browns like Bryan and he slips a bit, the Browns certainly have the ammunition to go up and get him at the end of the first round. If he somehow makes it to 33, the Browns would find him too good a prospect to pass up.

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