Jacksonville Jaguars player No. 4 – Taven Bryan
This pick won’t surprise many. Defensive tackle Taven Bryan has been given many opportunities to live up to his potential but has not been able to get it together. Over the last three years, the former first-round pick has been a non-factor, logging 3.5 sacks and, 71 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. That’s the kind of production you expect from a role player, not one that was drafted 29th overall in 2018.
Head coach Urban Meyer said the team wants Bryan but opted not to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, effectively making him a free agent next offseason. The former Gator was basically going to have one last chance to prove he can contribute. However, he missed a good chunk of training camp and the team’s first preseason game. First, he was involved in an off-field accident, which he wasn’t responsible for. Later, he was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
Bryan was finally able to make his preseason debut against the Saints, playing 26 snaps late in the game and posting a Pro Football Focus grade of 80.5. At this point, Bryan is behind sophomore DaVon Hamilton and veteran Malcom Brown on the depth chart. Rookie Jay Tufele is also a lock to make the team. Maybe if Bryan can outplay Doug Costin, he could end up on the 53-man roster but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Jaguars finally pull the plug on him.