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2018 NFL Draft: Grading the Jaguars Selection of Taven Bryan

Zach Goodall

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Taven Bryan (Florida) is selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Jaguars made a somewhat stunning selection with the 29th overall pick in the NFL Draft last night, picking Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan.

Bryan is an exciting prospect with a lot of upside, being that he posted salivating numbers at the NFL Combine for a defensive tackle. He posted 5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception in three seasons, one as a starter.

Bryan will see most of his snaps at 3-tech defensive tackle, where I assume he will rotate with Malik Jackson, meaning Marcell Dareus will get most of his snaps at 1-tech nose tackle. Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin also likes the idea of Bryan getting playing time at “big end” 5-tech, rotating with Calais Campbell.

I would have preferred a right guard with the pick, being that the position is a bigger need than defensive tackle for this team, but I understand the logic as well. Bryan will eventually replace Jackson, Dareus, and/or Campbell along the defensive front in the long term, and in the short term, the rich get richer.

Combining my opinion on Bryan and my opinion of the Jaguars needs, I give this pick a B-. Good teams have the ability to truly go “best player available”, and I think it’s evident that the Jaguars did just that last night. I would have chosen Will Hernandez if I was Dave Caldwell, but I guess there’s a reason why he’s an NFL GM and I’m just a writer.

Welcome to Duval, Taven Bryan!

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on BigCatCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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