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3. Taven Bryan

Taven Bryan was drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has not played like a first-round pick at all. Selected with the 29th overall pick, Bryan has found himself getting less and less playing time on a football team that is not really even that good.

It is clear that the Jaguars do not view Bryan in that high of a regard. The team did not pick up his first-round fifth-year option for 2022, essentially letting him walk in free agency. Sure, the team could look to re-sign him after the season, but that does not explain why his playing time is dipping.

Bryan is playing in just 28% of the defensive snaps this season and it would not be all that surprising if the Jaguars were looking to sell the potential of a former first-round pick to get something in the 2022 NFL Draft. With nobody biting and it obviously not being a fit in Jacksonville, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Jaguars move on. Especially with Urban Meyer at the helm and him not being a Meyer product.

Bryan obviously has not been that great so it might be hard to get super excited for him but that is where we are at. DeSean Jackson is a big name with a small upgrade, Emmanuel Ogbah is a prayer option and Bryan is a realistic young option that might need a change of scenery.

And who knows? He very well could thrive with a change of scenery and provide energy inside that the team is currently lacking. He showed a lot of potential in his second season with 25 quarterback pressures and 14 run stops, he just has not been able to put it all together.

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Bryan is worth a flier if the Jaguars do decide to move on from the former first-round pick.