Ravens Draft Brent Urban: How the DL Fits with Baltimore

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

Pittsburgh running back James Conner (40) center is stopped on a run by Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban (99) and teammates in the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press

Though it wasn't a big need, the Baltimore Ravens bolstered their defensive line with their first pick of Day 3.

With the 134th-overall pick in the draft, the Ravens drafted defensive tackle Brent Urban out of Virginia.

The Fit

The 6'7", 300-pound Urban has the ability to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or defensive end in a 3-4 defense like the one Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees runs. 

College Stats 

YearSchoolConf Pos Solo TacklesAstTotLossSacks   TDPDFRYdsTDFF
2011VirginiaACC DL 69152.50.0   000000
2012VirginiaACC DL 713202.52.0   0211611
2013VirginiaACC DT 13274011.51.0    9   0
Career     26497516.53.0   01111611

Stats courtesy cfbstats.com

This is the second defensive lineman the Ravens have drafted, which was a smart move by them. After losing Arthur Jones in free agency, there wasn't much depth left behind him.

Urban will challenge second-rounder Timmy Jernigan for playing time, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see both of them get a lot of snaps in their rookie seasons.

In 2013, Urban was an All-ACC Honorable mention pick after starting eight games (missed four games due to leg injury) and getting nine pass breakups, an astounding number for an interior defensive lineman.

His last full season of football was in 2012, when he registered 20 tackles, one sack and a pair of pass deflections in 12 starts. 

The Expectations

This actually isn't the first time Urban has been drafted. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 Canadian Football League draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 

Urban may have been drafted higher in the NFL draft had he not been forced to have offseason surgery to repair damage caused by the high-ankle sprain that cost him four games during his senior season.

Brent Urban should be able to do some activity this spring, according to Joe Hortiz, as he continues to recover from ankle injury

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 10, 2014

Brent Urban said he'll be ready for late May, early June after high-ankle sprain that lingered. Got surgery in February

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 10, 2014

As long as he's 100 percent healthy by the time training camp starts, Urban figures to challenge for playing time along the defensive line as a rookie. 

Along with Jernigan, Urban will be the sixth defensive lineman on the Ravens roster once they both sign their rookie contracts. 

Where both of them will play at remains to be seen, though. Jernigan figures to play nose tackle at first with Urban playing defensive end, but that could change depending on what the Ravens do with Haloti Ngata. 

The team is debating on whether to have him play NT or DE full-time in 2014, and that decision could ultimately affect how much Urban plays in '14.

It could also affect his status on the roster. Fourth-round picks are never assured of a spot on the opening-day 53-man roster, so Urban's odds of making the roster would improve if Ngata remains at NT in '14. 

The Grade: B-

Urban should be able to make the 53-man roster, and if he does, he'll be backup DE as a rookie who challenges for playing time. If he doesn't make the roster, though, the Ravens will likely do their best to get him onto their practice squad and call him up later in the season if they need more bodies on the defensive line.