MOBILE, Ala. -- Pass-rusher is one of the Jaguars’ top needs and therefore a lot of attention early in the offseason has been paid to players like Anthony Barr, Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and, over the past week, Dee Ford.
All of them are fits at the "Leo" position, which is a hybrid end/outside linebacker whose main responsibility is rushing the passer.
But the Jaguars need help at the other defensive end spot, too, and Virginia’s Brent Urban could be a potential target.
The 6-foot-7, 298-pound Urban is an intriguing prospect. He played defensive tackle at Virginia and therefore didn’t record a lot of sacks (just three), but he did lead all defensive linemen with nine pass breakups last season despite missing four games due to a high ankle sprain. He has a huge frame and long arms (33 5/8 inches) and wingspan (80 3/4 inches) which can cause problems for quarterbacks.
He’s also pretty versatile, having played three-technique defensive tackle and end as well. He’s more of a fit at end because of his length. He worked at end for the Jaguars’ coaching staff during the Senior Bowl.
"It’s not too different from three-technique but it’s definitely weird for me to kind of be out there in space," Urban said. "I actually really like the position. I think it’s going to work well for me."
Tyson Alualu mans that position for the Jaguars now. He made 42 tackles and was solid against the run, but the Jaguars are hoping for a bit more pass rush from that spot than the 1.5 sacks Alualu recorded.
Urban’s ability to play inside also could help the Jaguars if they run into a situation like they did in 2013 when they were banged up at tackle at the end of the season and signed several players as bodies for the final game of the season.
"The thing about me I’ve played pretty much everywhere up front over my career," Urban said. "I think that fits me. I think I can play 3-4 end and even three-technique. I think I can go inside and get up-field as well because that’s what I played the last two years."