Scouting Report: Taven Bryan, DL

Bryan may be a bit raw as a football player, he has rare athletic traits. Is he the type of player the Patriots might invest in early in the draft?



  • From Casper, Wyoming.
  • Known as a humble, hard working guy. Comes from down to earth, blue collar, supportive family. Father was former Navy Seal. Tavon would regularly go to work w/ his father before school.
  • Wants to be coached & taught. Nicknamed “Wyoming Wildman” by his DL coach.
  • Loves playing football. Isn’t obsessed w/ it in terms of watching it on Sundays, stats etc.


  • Pass Rush, Flexibility & Quicks – Natural Strength that moves & sheds defenders. Great 1st step. Explosive at times. Very tough 1 on 1 & that’s where you want him. Brings heavy, quick hands that stun OL’m underneath their pads. Push/Pull-Bull Snatch & Rush. Hump move. Sudden w/ good quicks off the line. Hits OL’m expecting power w/ Club & Slide. Can get skinny to shoot & knife through gaps. Cross face. Surprising flexibility & bend for a man that size. Will bend around/under G’s. Big Upside.
  • Run Defense – At times does a good job of setting the edge, standing his ground inside & let his backers get the glory. Quicks, motor & strength will get him in the backfield for TFL. Will chase RB’s around & doen the line. Has the chase & pursuit of a LB. Tons of potential once the game slows down & he plays w/ proper technique.
  • Motor – doesn’t stop. High energy player that doesn’t stop. Will make plays downfield, across the field. Wants to set the tone & fire the team up w/ a big play.
  • Versatility – Offers a ton of scheme versatility. 34/43, Under/Over. As long as he’s attacking it doesn’t matter.
  • Definition of disruption. Will look to swat down pass if he can’t get to the QB. Very good closing speed to finish. Good lateral movement to slide by OL’m. Huge upside.



  • Has to be more committed to having inside hands. Too often he gets moved out of plays w/ good technique trying to out muscle guys.
  • Lack of Production
  • Keep eyes & head moving.Gets too high after initial contact & loses the leverage game.



Bryan has drawn comparisons from J.J. Watt & Michael Bennett. Strange considering his lack of production but that’s not why you draft him. Your drafting Bryan because of his traits, versatility & motor. All are real. If he improves in a few areas he could be that pro bowl player. Today’s game is about one thing, match ups. Matching Bryan up against slower OL’man along the line is his game. You want to move him around & let him loose.


NFL Comp

Cross between Justin Smith & Michael Bennett.


Traits That Translate

Here are some clips that show off Bryan’s upside & versatility






10 Responses to “Scouting Report: Taven Bryan, DL”

  1. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/9 2 of 2 :

    1st:Lorenzo Carter EDGE

    1st:Isaiah Oliver CB

    2nd:Tyrell Crosby OT

    2nd: trade down for 3rd and 4th round picks

    3rd:Daesean Hamilton WR

    3rd:Kyzir White S

    4th:Troy Fumagalli TE

    6th:Logan Woodside QB

    6th:Darrel Williams RB

    7th: Jason Cabinda ILB

  2. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/9 1 of 2:

    1st:Rashaan Evans ILB

    1st:Kolton Miller OT

    2nd:Mason Rudolph QB

    2nd:Rasheem Green DE-DT

    3rd:Skai Moore OLB -S

    6th:Durham Smythe TE

    7th:Richie James WR

    pick up a RB as a UDFA.

  3. brandon maxham says:

    1st:Leighton VanderEsch ILB-OLB

    1st:Connor Williams OT

    2nd:Harrison Phillips DT

    2nd:Duke Ejiofor DE

    3rd:Oren Burks ILB-S

    6th:Logan Woodside QB

    6th:Braxton Berrios WR

    7th:Justin Jackson RB

  4. Daniel says:

    I would like to see James Harrison brought back. Also, recent first round draft pick Michael Floyd is speedy and huge at the WR position. I believe he could be brought back in for a very small amount and could easily be better than almost every wideout we have if he would straighten up and commit to learning the Patriot system.

  5. Russell says:

    Another well done report. Not a fan of Bryan , would prefer Harrison Phillips.

    • steve earle says:

      Agree, in fact there are half dozen DL I like better.

    • Mike Gerken says:

      To me, Taven is more athlete than football player right now. His explosiveness is undeniable, but he gets himself out of control and takes himself out of plays. He has to learn to play with some discipline. I still like him, but I think he will go higher than I rank him.
      On the other hand, I am not a Phillips fan. From a production standpoint, it is hard to argue against him. When I watch the tape though, he gets moved off his spot a lot. I worry about him in run sets and I think he could really struggle anchoring in the NFL.

  6. TommyG says:

    He is definitely my draft binkie as he would give the Dline flexibility, athleticism, and speed. He could be DE in 3-4 and switch to 4-3 DT. I really would like to see Pats to take him at 31 or even if we trade down from 31 into second round. My dram would be the Pats taking Evans at LB Bryan at DE/DT DJ Chark at WR Orlando Brown at OT (3rs round)

  7. Matt says:

    Went to school in FL id say pass on this guy.

  8. macspak says:

    this guy sounds very intriguing and fills a real need. I’ve seen projections he could be drafted as high as mid first round but mostly lower first into mid second or so. Certainly within our range.

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