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Brent Urban | Defensive Tackle

Team: Virginia Cavaliers
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 295

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Virginia DT Brent Urban "could be a sleeper," according to ESPN.com's Todd McShay.
"I'd call him a poor man's J.J. Watt right now in terms of fit and also based on his special knack for swatting passes," McShay wrote. "He's a perfect 3-4 defensive end, creating good leverage against the run despite a long, 6-7, 295-pound frame. He uses his length well, both knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage and also using his strength and long arms to shed blocks, and can also just push a blocker backward when he's not doubled. He broke his foot before the Senior Bowl, but that could help turn him into a steal on Day 2." Urban led all FBS defensive lineman with nine pass breakups last season despite playing in just eight games. McShay's colleague Steve Muench compared him favorably to 2012 San Diego second-round pick Kendall Reyes in February. Muench added that Jacksonville, Indianapolis and New England were potential Urban landing spots. Mar 31 - 10:32 PM

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Virginia DT Brent Urban has injury red-flags, according to Scout Inc.'s Todd McShay.

Which isn't to say that the evaluator is down on the Cavalier prospect. "Light came on in '13," tweeted McShay. "Strong vs. run when pads low." Urban led all FBS defensive lineman with nine pass breakups last season despite playing in just eight games. Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench called Urban a "fringe Day 2 pick" last month.
Mar 8 - 1:43 PM

Virginia DT Brent Urban "compares favorably to 2012 San Diego second-round pick Kendall Reyes out of Connecticut," according to Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Muench notes that Urban "doesn't play with the same kind of edge [as Reyes], and he's had a tougher time staying healthy at the college level." The scribe believes Urban is a "fringe Day 2 pick." At the Senior Bowl, Urban weighed in at 298 pounds and measured 6-foot-6 3/4 with 33.5-inch arms. "Jacksonville, Indianapolis and New England are possible landing spots," Muench believes.
Feb 3 - 7:15 PM

Virginia DL Brent Urban was forced to withdraw from the Senior Bowl due to an ankle injury.

Urban tweaked his ankle in practice, and first indications say it is not serious. That is a relief considering Aaron Colvin's major knee injury earlier in the week. NFL teams likely grade Urban higher than the media, as they are intrigued by his frame and ability to play inside and out.
Jan 24 - 10:49 AM

Virginia senior DT Brent Urban earned a second-round grade from draft insider Tony Pauline.

Urban is a "physically impressive lineman with potential as a two-gap end or defensive tackle," Pauline writes. "Big, dominant and developing. Comes with enormous upside." These are huge compliments for the Senior Bowl bound defensive lineman. His frame suggests he could play in a variety of alignments for both four and three man defensive lines.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Virginia DT Brent Urban has been invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Urban, a two year starter at the position, has registered 6.5 total tackles for loss this season, including one sack. The senior was also drafted in the second-round, No. 15 overall, in the last CFL draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Urban is from Mississauga, Ontario.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 02:46:00 PM