Florida Gators defensive tackle Taven Bryan is heading to Sacksonville.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Bryan with the No. 29 pick of the first round of that 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night, adding him to a line that already included former Gator Dante Fowler, Jr. and a defense that has become one of the NFL’s most formidable ones.
Bryan was an occasionally disruptive player on Florida’s defensive line thanks to some phenomenal quickness and strength, but never became the consistently fearsome force that some hoped he would be based on his prodigious athleticism, doing more flashing than dominating over his time in orange and blue.
To that point: ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit mentioned on the network’s live NFL Draft coverage that Bryan would “disappear” in some games, while Mel Kiper Jr. followed that sentiment by declaring that Bryan has “J.J. Watt talent.”
Now, in gold, black, teal, and the Jaguars’ 15 other colors, he’ll have a chance to mold himself into that sort of great player as part of a great defense that powered the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game in January.
And if he doesn’t? He might not see the field, given how stout the Jags already are.