Jaguars sign UF’s Taven Bryan

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents Florida's Taven Bryan with his Jacksonville Jaguars team jersey during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By John Reid, GateHouse Media Services

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars officially announced Wednesday that defensive end Taven Bryan signed his four-year rookie contract that includes a fifth-year team option.

On the first day that rookies were required to report to training camp, the Jaguars have their entire 2018 draft class signed: second-round WR D.J. Chark Jr. (LSU), third-round safety Ronnie Harrison (Alabama), fourth-round offensive lineman Will Richardson (North Carolina State), sixth-round quarterback Tanner Lee (Nebraska), seventh-round linebacker Leon Jacobs (Wisconsin) and seventh-round punter Logan Cooke (Mississippi State).

“I’m just glad to be able to get this done, start work in training camp and play some football,” Bryan said. “I’m expecting to take it one day at a time and do the best I can every day.”

Bryan, 6-foot-5, 291 pounds, appeared in 36 career games at the University of Florida and totaled 67 tackles (31 solo), 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He started all 11 games in 2017 as a redshirt junior, recording 40 tackles, six TFLs, and 4.0 sacks. Bryan was a second-team All-SEC selection in his final year in Gainesville. In 2016, Bryan appeared in all 13 games for the Gators, totaling 17 tackles and three tackles for a loss. He led the team that year with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

John Reid is a sports writer with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.


  1. This kids going to be a beast for the jags. His first step needs to be quicker to make a real impact as an everydown DE. But, his work ethic has been well documented, he’s gonna put in the work.

  2. The only thing holding him back is himself, he has the talent. He took plays off as a Gator. He had the talent to be 1st team all-SEC but never lived up to his talent. Hopefully making the NFL and competing against some of the best linemen for playing time will cause him to redouble his effort, 100% of the time! Best wishes for his career!