The Baltimore Ravens are trying to once again become an elite defense, and their 2014 NFL Draft class reflected that. While guys like C.J. Mosley and Timmy Jernigan received much of the hype surrounding Ravens rookies, one defensive end in particular is looking to make a big impact. Brent Urban, a massive 6-foot-7 defensive end out of Virginia is looking to prove to the Ravens that he can be a big part of the team’s defensive plans going forward.
Urban certainly has the talent to be an asset in the future. He’s a long, athletic guy who, when he’s on his game, could be a top-15 defensive end at the next level. Not to mention, with his long arms, Urban is always a threat to bat down passes, and his arms allow him to shed blockers with relative ease.
Don’t get me wrong, Urban still has a lot of work to do before he’s ready to live up to his potential. Despite his size, Urban lacks elite strength, and his lack of production and experience are concerning. Urban recorded just three total sacks in his time at Virginia, so he needs to prove he can improve in that area of his game.
That said, the Ravens have plenty of veteran leaders on defense that will be able to help Urban make the transition from raw college defensive end to star professional defensive end. Guys like Chris Canty and Terrell Suggs should be mentors to Urban from Day 1, and that could be a huge part of Urban’s growth as he gains experience in the league.
When it’s all said and done, Brent Urban could be a very special player in the NFL. Despite his lack of strength, experience and production, Urban’s raw tools are simply too good for him not to improve in a major way. The Ravens got a steal when they drafted Urban, and it will show when he’s ready to take over as a starter.