Urban, Bowanko Picked On Final Day of NFL Draft

Former Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens as the 134th overall pick.

In his senior season, Urban was an All-ACC honorable mention. He started eight games for the Cavaliers, but missed four games with an injury. Urban led the nation's defensive linemen with nine passes broken up despite missing time. He finished with 40 tackles, and ranked second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss.

This is not the first time Urban has been selected in a professional football draft. The Mississauga, Ontario native was drafted in the second round, as the 15th overall pick, by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2013 CFL Draft.

Also selected on Saturday was former UVa center Luke Bowanko. Bowanko was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round as the 205th overall pick.

Bowanko is the first UVa center drafted since John St. Clair went to the St. Louis Rams in 2000. He becomes the first Cavalier drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2009, when Eugene Monroe was taken in the first round.

Bowanko started the final 37 games of his career, seeing time at right guard, left guard and center. Bowanko was UVa’s starting right guard during its Chick-fil-A Bowl season of 2011. In 2012 Bowanko was the starting center. For the first four games of 2013 Bowanko was the starting left guard, before injuries to the offensive line forced the senior back to center.

Bowanko earned his degree from Virginia in foreign affairs in 2013 and is expected to graduate later this month from UVa with a master’s degree in athletics administration.

Virginia defensive end Jake Snyder went undrafted, but the team announced that he has signed a free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings.


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