Who We're Watching: Brent Urban
January, 31, 2014
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Johnny VyBrent Urban's versatility will serve him well when he gets to the NFL.Here’s a breakdown of Virginia defensive end/defensive tackle Brent Urban based on the Oregon, Pittsburgh, Miami and Virginia Tech tapes, in addition to his weigh-in and performance at the Senior Bowl.
Let’s work backward starting with the weigh-in at the Senior Bowl. Urban weighed in at a solid 298 pounds and measured 6-6¾ with 33.5-inch arms. At that size, he can line up at defensive tackle in four-man fronts, defensive end in four-man fronts or arguably at his best fit, defensive end in three-man fronts.
And it’s not just this potential versatility based on his frame. He’s proven capable of playing multiple positions moving from 3-4 defensive end to 4-3 defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman, and in Mobile, he showed teams that he has the foot speed to play 4-3 defensive end at the next level.