Cowboys News App [Android]

Sean’s Scout: Florida DT Taven Bryan A Disruptive Target for Cowboys

By now you know that the have not prioritized the position at the Draft in some time, a point made prominent with the amount of talent available at DT in this 2018 class.

Despite not being as high on him as most, Florida's would fit what the Cowboys are doing defensively under very well. Bryan is a disruptive player at the 3T position, where the Cowboys currently have a decision to make on RFA .

Even if Irving and are back in the fold for 2018, Taven Bryan would be a great addition to this front seven – thanks to his raw athleticism and motor.

Let's take a closer look at how Bryan fits the Cowboys' .

“Bryan excels at not giving his man much of a blocking surface area – playing with good pad level and impressive bend for a DT.”

This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Florida's Taven Bryan at Slant Sports. Far from a finished product, Bryan shoots gaps and beats guards off of the line with ease. This is a player with rare traits at the 3T position, bending well while playing with enough strength throughout his entire frame.

“Using a smooth upper body paired with quick footwork and burst, Bryan is frequently shooting gaps to finish in the backfield.”

When I watched Taven Bryan, I was reminded of current Cowboys DT Maliek Collins in 2016. As a rookie, Collins played the penetrating 3T spot with similar burst and power.

With the Cowboys now preferring Collins at the 1T position, Bryan could fill in on day one as an interior force with the upside to become one of the league's best match up weapons up front.

Unless a blocker across from Bryan works quickly into his frame, this is a player that is going to generate push and flow to the football with elite speed and balance.

“Taven Bryan allows his frame to be controlled too often, effectively getting washed out of any play where his blocker can squat against the speed rush and shoot their hands inside on Bryan.”

Cowboys proved that he is the “alpha” of this in 2017. Building this unit around Lawrence will yield positive results for the Cowboys, especially if they can find a long-term 3T to play alongside him.

One with as high of a ceiling as Taven Bryan becomes an intriguing option, especially considering the Cowboys' ability to play him in a rotation early in his career.

“Unleashing Taven Bryan as a gap-shooting 3T DT is the best way to see this prospect reach his ceiling…”

The Cowboys' 19th overall pick may be a bit rich for Taven Bryan, but this is a prospect to look for in the , where Dallas holds the 50th overall pick. A second round DT on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, Bryan should outplay his draft status regardless of the pick if put in the right situation to use traits that would greatly help the Dallas Cowboys.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

Similar Articles


1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Chuck Wright

Dallas needs a 1 Tech not a 3. They have several 3’s. The good news, even if Payne (Bama) and Vea (UDub. . oh please lord, let him slide to us) are off the board in Round 1.
You have Tim Settle of Va Tech, the Stanford DT or Poona Ford (TEXAS) in rounds 2-4 (Poona may climb into the 3rd)

But given the needs, what is someone like Cleveland or Giants tab the PSU RB but still covets a QB at #19. I can see trading back for their 2nd and 3rd (and likely a 5th or 6th to make the numbers work) then taking Hernandez or a WR (Chalk, Miller or the Maryland kid) with the 1st 2, reverse then with our own 2.

3rd round nab a LB then a 1 Tech (Settle or Ford) with the 2nd 2. Giving you still 3 picks in round 4 to land another WR, LB and S.

-- COWBOYS ANDROID APP --Free Dallas Cowboys News App for Android

Trending Now