4. Taven Bryan, Florida
6-4, 291: Absolutely everything is there except the ability to play football really, really well.
When he was on, he looked like a next-level superstar with the quickness, the athleticism, and the toughness to be the ideal 3-technique. It’s not for a lack of effort or want-to, but he disappeared way too often and still plays like something’s missing.
Find a highlight reel of him, and he’s jaw-dropping. But that’s picking and choosing a few players here and there – you have to take in the entire body of work, or lack of it.
If and when it all comes together, he’s going to be a special disruptive force with unstoppable Pro Bowl upside. But again, there’s a problem whenever a guy isn’t quite able to get it done at the collegiate level.
Even though he was quicker, stronger, faster and more athletic than just about everyone – even in the SEC – he came up with just 62 tackles and a mere 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in three seasons.
However, the upside is there to be amazing. He has unteachable traits and skills, and if the light goes on, look out.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: Second Round