2015 NFL DRAFT

Brent Urban, DE

School: Virginia  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 295 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
183165-6

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Versatile. Signed with UVA to play end in former coach Al Groh's 3-4 scheme, but starred the past two seasons as a tackle in Mike London's preferred 4-3 alignment.

Good initial quickness off the snap, taking would-be blockers by surprise with his ability to extend his arms and rock opponents back onto their heels. Good core and lower body power for the bull rush to collapse the interior.

Uses his exceptionally long arms to keep would-be blockers off his chest and to bat down passes when he can't get to the quarterback. Good hustle to the sideline in pursuit, showing improved footwork and balance in 2013.

Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Can make the eye-popping one-armed tackle just by reaching out and grabbing ahold of ballcarriers as they attempt to slip by him.

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. Comes off the ball high and can get knocked off-balance and to the ground. Inconsistent hand placement. Too often allows his hands to ride high on blockers (negating his own strength, exposing his middle and drawing occasional hands to the face flags), as well as ballcarriers (leading to some slipped tackles, face mask penalties).

Doesn't recognize cut blocks well enough yet and due to his length is especially susceptible to them. Struggles to locate the ball and get back involved once knocked to the turf. A bit stiff, struggling to change directions quickly.

COMPARES TO: Tony McDaniel, Seattle Seahawks -- With his frame and athletic upside, Urban is likely to earn comparisons to anyone from J.J. Watt to last year's wunderkind Margus Hunt. However, he's neither as dynamic as the 2012 Defensive MVP nor as raw as Cincinnati's rookie. Like McDaniel, Urban has good quickness, but it is his length and power that will earn him a starting projection from 3-4 and 4-3 teams, alike.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

Player Overview

Broad-shouldered, long-armed and surprisingly quick off the snap, Urban certainly looks the part of a high-round selection who is just scratching the surface of his potential.
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05/12/2014 - When the Ravens drafted Virginia defensive end Brent Urban, they acquired a massive lineman. The 6-foot-7, 298-pounder is also a native of Canada who grew up playing hockey in Mississauga, Ontario with dreams of becoming the next Eric Lindros. He eventually outgrew the sport, though, and quit playing for good to concentrate on football at age 16 when he had already grown to 6-foot-6, 260 pounds. "I was definitely the biggest guy and I'd get a lot of penalties that a smaller guy wouldn't have gotten," Urban said. "It was right around that time that I decided to switch over. I got in a couple fights."

Urban was projected to be drafted much higher if not for a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for a portion of last season and that he aggravated during the Senior Bowl. He had surgery in February and isn't quite back to 100 percent and may be limited during minicamps, but expects to be fully ready by training camp. "The ankle may have hurt me a little bit," Urban said. "It's feeling good now, though. It'll be ready for late May, early June. I'll be able to be ready for training camp and that kind of thing." - The Sports Xchange

 

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