Brent Urban – Defensive Tackle – Virginia
Size – 6066 – 296 – 5.05e
Strong Points – Very good size, good motor, defense run, two-gap and holds the point, gets his hands up to knock down passes
Weak Points – Has had injury problems, unable to work at combine or pro day, raw prospect, pass rush moves, inconsistent hand use
2013 Stats – eight games played, 40 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, one sack, nine pass knockdowns
Summation – Urban is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter for Virginia. Brent is Canadian from suburban Toronto. He has had numerous injuries during his career that caused him to miss time. The injuries include and an ACL, a wrist, and foot injury. He was unable to work out at the combine or Virginia’s pro day because of the foot injury.
When healthy, Urban is raw but talented. He lines up as a defensive tackle in a 4-3. At 6066 – 296, he has great size and plays strong at the point of attack. He is a very good competitor who plays every down snap-to-whistle.
Urban is best as a run defender. He has excellent snap reaction with a quick first step. While he lacks great hand use, he still has active hands and shows he can get rid of blocks. He has good reactions and finds the ball. With his quickness off the ball, he gets penetration and is disruptive versus the run game. He is a good pursuit player who takes good angles and shows pursuit speed.
Urban doesn’t have much pass rush production with only three career sacks, but he does get pressures and is effective getting his hands up and knocking down passes. This year, he knocked down nine passes. Urban lacks technique as a pass rusher. He is more of a bull rusher now and doesn’t do a good job of putting moves together.
While still raw, Urban has a chance to be a good NFL defensive lineman. With his size, he is best suited to play a five-technique in an odd front. His injuries don’t help his cause, and that could have an effect on where he gets drafted. He has third-to-fourth round talent but may go later.
Grade B 6.5x