Brent Urban NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Baltimore Ravens DE

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Brent Urban NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Baltimore Ravens DE
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Brent Urban, DE, Virginia (HT: 6’6¾”; WT: 295 lbs)

Baltimore Ravens

Fourth Round: 134th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6066 295 34 1/4" 9 3/4"

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Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Bench
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

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Positives

  • Obvious physical and athletic upside. 
  • Was an overwhelming physical player at the college level with athleticism and size that translates to the NFL game. 
  • Has the build of an NFL player already, looks the part in every way. 
  • Plays with sufficient leverage despite being a very tall defensive lineman. 
  • Flashes functional strength to compress the pocket as an interior rusher. 
  • Uses height and length to deflect passes very often, does it instinctively. 
  • Absolute destroyer of plays when he gets a step. 
  • Splits gaps with tremendous acceleration and upper-body strength. 
  • Difficult to handle with cutoff of scoop blocks, blows up plays following pulls. 
  • Immense power in his hands to reset the line of scrimmage by blowing back blockers on first contact. 
  • Can hold his ground to anchor a double-team and keep both blockers engaged. 
  • Creates lots of congestion at the line of scrimmage and redirects ball-carriers behind the line of scrimmage often.

 

Negatives

  • Too much of an all-or-nothing player on a play-by-play basis and disappeared for stretches as a result. 
  • Does more guessing than diagnosing of plays. 
  • Needs to more consistently generate momentum forward off the snap, tends to raise pads up on first movement. 
  • Raw in terms of technique, especially in hand usage. 
  • Has no lateral movement ability, rarely makes plays moving down the line of scrimmage. 
  • Doesn’t generate power as an interior rusher to press the pocket often enough. 
  • Lacks any kind of pass-rush repertoire in terms of finesse moves. 
  • Little flexibility to bend around blocks as a rusher and maximize speed. 
  • Comes off the ball slow and tries to feel his way around blocks every once in a while. 
  • Doesn’t utilize length to control run blocks and shed quickly. 
  • Struggles to recover when blocker gets helmet into the hole and can wall him off. 
  • Often gets into the backfield and has a chance to make a big play but cannot finish. 
  • Has some durability concerns.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks FF PD
2010 UVA 0 0 0 0 0
2011 UVA 15 2.5 0 0 0
2012 UVA 20 2.5 2 1 2
2013 UVA 40 11.5 1 0 9

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Personal Notes

  • A 2-star prospect in recruiting class of 2009, unranked by Rivals
  • From Mississauga, Ontario. 
  • Drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2013 CFL draft
  • 2013 honorable mention All-ACC. 
  • Missed four games as a senior with a high ankle sprain. 
  • Dropped out of the Senior Bowl and didn’t participate during the combine due to lingering effects of the ankle injury.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.

 

Overall

In a handful of plays as a senior, Brent Urban truly looked like the second coming of J.J. Watt.  The rest leaves a lot more to be desired.  NFL teams will look to get those flashes out of him more often and minimize his weaknesses.

Urban is more of a project than an immediate starter, but his physical upside makes him a worthwhile undertaking.  His ability to create congestion at the line of scrimmage despite technical deficiencies is a testament to his tremendous natural strength.  When he gets himself moving in the right direction, offensive linemen are in trouble.  It’s all about development at this point.

The 3-4 defenses should give Urban the longest look, whether they want him to control one or two gaps.  Urban’s build, length and power are building blocks for a starting defensive end.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth round

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