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Meet the Prospect: Taven Bryan

Name: Taven Bryan

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Florida

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 291

40 dash: 4.98 seconds

Bench: 30 reps

Vertical: 35.0 inches

Broad: 119.0 inches

3-cone: 7.12 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.48 seconds

How he fits: Bryan's athletic ability will certainly be a big selling point to some teams. He's still a bit of a raw prospect, and his technique and pass-rushing skills need some refinement, but he has some rare athletic traits for a man his size.

View photos of NFL prospect Taven Bryan.

Lions GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia value players who can do multiple things. While Bryan played inside at Florida, he appears to have the skillset and athleticism to play both inside and potentially outside along the edge. At the very least, players who can rush the passer from the interior like Bryan are always in demand.

Even with the addition of Sylvester Williams in free agency, the Lions could still be looking to bolster the talent and depth along their defensive front. Bryan might not be a guy that can come in right away and be a starter next to A'Shawn Robinson, but he instantly bolsters the rotation upfront and could provide a team like Detroit some versatility along their defensive front.

Key observations: Bryan was a starter for just one season at Florida, recording 40 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks as a junior this past season.

What they had to say about him: "Talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits. Bryan's lack of production is due to a lack of instincts and feel for the position and he's still in a developmental phase as a prospect. Bryan played inside at Florida but has the size and talent to play inside or outside. His instincts and feel are below average, so his development could take time, but when he is a finished product, Bryan has the ability to become a disruptive, highly productive talent with a very high ceiling." – Lance Zierlein

How he stacks up: NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock considers Bryan to be the third best interior defender available in this draft behind Vita Vea (Washington) and Da'Ron Payne (Alabama).

Bryan comes in at No. 24 on Daniel Jeremiah's list of the Top 50 prospects available in this draft.

NFL Draft Scout considers Bryan the fourth best defensive tackle available behind Vea, Payne and Michigan's Maurice Hurst. The website considers all four players to be first-round picks.

What he had to say: "When it comes to me, I feel I'm a very aggressive D-lineman, get off the ball, try to get my hands on some people," Bryan said at the Combine. "I think that plays into a benefit for me.

"A downfall? When I know I'm supposed to be not extending as much, sometimes I still do it ... I'd like to be able to moderate my aggressiveness a little more.''

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