Rising defensive lineman talent Taven Bryan leaves Florida early for NFL Draft
The 'Wyoming Wild Man' notched six tackles for loss as a junior in 2017
New Florida coach Dan Mullen was announced as the head coach of the Gators on Nov. 26, and less than a month later, he lost one of his best players. Defensive tackle Taven Bryan announced Monday on Twitter that he will forgo his senior season in Gainesville and enter the NFL Draft.
Bryan had 40 tackles, six for loss and four sacks as a junior. The Casper, Wyoming-native was ranked No. 20 in Chris Trapasso's college football season. That was after the loss to Florida State in which Bryan had two tackles for loss.after Week 13 of the
Trapasso noted that Bryan's versatility as end or tackle in either 3-4 or 4-3 systems makes him an intriguing prospect at the next level, so much so that his teammates refer to him as "J.J. Watt," and Trapasso sees similarities in how he plays to the Houston Texans star.
Florida's defense in 2018 will be led by new coordinator Todd Grantham with defensive end Jabari Zuniga and Cece Jefferson -- as long as Jefferson, a junior, doesn't jump to the NFL early as well -- leading the charge up front. Florida went 5-7 (3-5 SEC) in 2017, fired coach Jim McElwain in October and will open the 2018 season Charleston Southern on Sept. 1.
Bryan is the second Florida junior to depart for the NFL as star wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who sat out the 2017 season on an indefinite suspension after being charged with felony credit card fraud, has hired an agent.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Cephus already announced he was taking a leave of absence from the team
Meyer was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1 pending the result of this investigatio...
Everything needs a brand, but not all brands are bad
The Wolverines dealt with injuries and abysmal play at QB last season
The uniforms were created with Parley for the Oceans, and are made of repurposed plastic w...
Wilcox had been Florida State's AD since 2013