Florida lost its best defensive lineman Monday when tackle Taven Bryan announced via Twitter that he would bypass his senior season and turn pro.
— Taven Bryan (@tavenbryan93) December 11, 2017
Bryan (6 feet 4, 291 pounds), from Casper, Wyo., was nicknamed “The Wyoming Wild Man” when he arrived at UF as part of Will Muschamp’s 2014 recruiting class because of his frenetic ways. But he didn’t really live up to the nickname until this season.
He redshirted as a true freshman, then was a reserve in 2015 and ’16. He became a starter this season and was dominant at times. He had 40 tackles and four sacks, flashing both impressive quickness and big-time strength. Florida’s lack of depth at tackle meant he played more snaps than usual for a Gators tackle, and his play suffered at times.
Bryan’s upside is such that he could go in the first round and he should definitely be off the board by the end of the second round. He will test off the charts because of his athleticism and strength. While he was a tackle in Florida’s 4-3 defense, he could play end in a 3-4 set.
He is the second Gator to leave early, joining wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
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