Florida DL Taven Bryan was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bryan will join a defense that also features former Gators DE Dante Fowler.
This is the sixth straight year the Gators were represented in the NFL Draft’s first round.
Bryan played in thirty game for the Gators over three seasons before declaring early for the draft.
Bryan recorded 62 career tackles, 10.5 of which were for losses while another 5.5 came via quarterback sacks.
The Casper, Wyoming native measured in at 6’5 and 291 lbs at the combine and has drawn comparisons by draft gurus as a “poor man’s JJ Watt.”. ESPN’s Mel Kiper had Bryan ranked as the #15 overall prospect in the draft.
The Jaguars were within one quarter of a Super Bowl berth last season while being led by a strong defense.