Brent Urban   DT   Virginia

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

STRENGTHS
Brent is the type of player who becomes a core player and fan favorite for the team that selects him. He is a big powerful kid with good overall athleticism. Brent can play multiple positions in different fronts on the defensive line. He is a natural 2-gap defensive lineman who can play inside in a 4-3 defense or outside in a 3-4 defense. He has the length to drive offensive linemen crazy all game long and he is relentless on every play. He is excellent at changing the line of scrimmage to his advantage on every play. When Brent is double teamed, he is smart and understands down and distance and knows when to push the double team or stay on the line and shed or stuff to make a tackle. He is a complete defensive tackle who understands his role and assignment on every play. If you move Brent to the outside in a 3-4 defense, he has the agility, size, length and strength to handle his opponent and will be in the face on passing downs of the quarterback on every play. He is underrated and reminds me a lot of Steelers DL Brett Keisel.

CONCERNS
Brent has been injured this year missing games and also had to sit out the Senior Bowl. He is not flashy and doesnít make a lot of sacks, but he is a force in the middle when used on the nose of the center although for the next level this might not be his impact position, which may cause some teams to downgrade him. Also, he is a tall interior lineman and unless you play a 3-4 defense, most teams are leery of too much height for inside defensive tackles in 4-3 defense. Brent also lacks the foot speed to be a pure pass rusher from the outside, but he makes up for that with an excellent burst off the line and overpowering opponents in one-on-one blocking.

BOTTOM LINE
Brent is the type of player that quarterbacks and offensive linemen have nightmares about AFTER they play him. He is that beaver you canít stop from damming up your water supply of your farm. Brent knows exactly what he wants to accomplish on every play and no offensive lineman will stop him. If he is asked to stuff the run, he does it. If you want him to push the pocket and get his long arms up into the face of the quarterback, he does that also. Ask him to move outside and flush the quarterback from the pocket, heís on it. He will be in your backfield all game long, itís just a matter of how deep you let him get. The medicals on Brent will be the difference in him being selected late in the first round or in some a later round. Brent is my type of defensive lineman. He uses his hands well, comes off the ball with good push and is athletic enough to be used in multiple fronts at different positions. He plays the run before he looks for sacks, but has the athletic ability to make sacks also. I personally think he has much better pass rush skills from the outside if he played more in a 3-4 defense. I can see why his college coaches used him inside because he dominates double teams better than most defensive players I have seen in a long time at that level. Brent is the most complete Defensive Tackle in this draft. He can play 1-gap or 2-gap defense and is not just a nose tackle or a 1-gap wonder. I would look at selecting him at any point in this draft, but a player like Brent without the flash and the stats and with questionable medicals most likely will be selected later than I have him graded. Thatís how you find sleepers in the draft playing in division one schools. Itís also why we use the two board system. I would think the Patriots, Steelers, Packers, Bills, Jets and Saints would be very interested in selecting Brent in any round because of the flexibility he gives a defensive coordinator to play multiple fronts on the defensive line. Heís not flashy but like a beaver he will exasperate you if you try to stop him from doing what he wants to do.

Drew Boylhart
FEB/2014