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Jaguars continue tradition of drafting Florida Gators with Taven Bryan

Taven Bryan

TAVEN BRYAN, by Jay Metz/Florida athletics

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Bryan becomes the tenth Florida Gator to be drafted by Jacksonville over its 24-year draft history.

GN takes a look back at former Gators drafted by the Jaguars and how they fared during their time in Jacksonville.

1996: Chris Doering

The Jaguars selected Doering in the sixth round (185th pick overall) of the 1996 NFL draft, but Doering would never play a regular season game in a Jaguar uniform. The Jaguars traded Doering to the Colts prior to the beginning of the 1996 season.

1998: Fred Taylor

The Jaguars traded quarterback Rob Johnson to acquire the 9th selection in the 1998 draft and used that pick to select Taylor, who would go on the be one of the best to ever put on a Jaguar uniform.

During his 11 seasons in Jacksonville, Taylor would rush for over 11,000 yards while scoring 62 touchdowns. Taylor also caught 286 balls out of the backfield for over 2300 yards during his Jaguar career.

Taylor was inducted into the ‘Pride of the Jaguars’ in 2012 alongside his teammate in Jacksonville, Tony Boselli. Since Taylor’s final game in Jacksonville back in 2008, no Jaguar has worn the #28 jersey.

2002: Mike Pearson

Drafted in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft, Pearson started 33 games at left tackle for the Jaguars.

Coming from the University of Florida and arriving right after the departure of all-time great Tony Boselli, there was a lot of pressure on Pearson in Jacksonville and he struggled at times with that.

Pearson did start 31 consecutive games for Jacksonville at left tackle, but his career in Jacksonville is looked at by many as a disappointing one.

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