Florida redshirt junior DT Taven Bryan, PFW draft expert Greg Gabriel's top-rated interior defensive lineman, is doing J.J. Watt-esque things at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday.
Bryan (6-foot-4, 291 pounds) is similar in size to Watt, the former three-time NFL defensive MVP, who measured 6-5, 290 and exploded onto the scene at the 2011 combine en route to being selected 11th overall by the Houston Texans. (Watt has longer arms (34" to 32 ¾) and much bigger hands (11 1/8 to 9¾) than Bryan.)
However, the testing similarities between the two are striking: Bryan's 10-yard split (1.68 seconds) is actually slightly faster than Watt's (1.71) and his 40-yard dash (4.98 seconds) is just a shade slower than Watt's (4.91).
Moreover, Bryan's jumps — 119" broad and 35" vertical — trail Watt (120" and 37", respectively) ever so slightly.
Bryan received a first-round grade from Gabriel, who wrote in the 2018 PFW Draft Guide, "Bryan is a fun player to watch on tape. He goes all out on every play with excellent snap reaction and initial quickness. Consistently gets penetration to disrupt."
Hmm. Who does that also happen to sound like? Indeed, similar to Watt, Bryan's film shows a relentless worker and strong, explosive defender with "not much about his game to dislike."
Now that Bryan is rivaling Watt's mind-blowing combine, will the former Gator who already projected somewhere in Round One upon his arrival in Indianapolis follow Watt's meteoric pre-2011 draft rise up the board?