Scout's Notebook: OL Nick Urban

One of two mini-camp tryout invitees who were signed to a free agent contract, Nick Urban is hoping to impress coaches enough to perhaps land a spot on the practice squad. We take a closer look.

#66, Nick Urban, OG
(6043, 309, 5.25) Winona State

Notes: Born 4/22/86, in Brookfield, Wisc. (a suburb of Milwaukee), where he attended Brookfield Central High School. Grew up a Green Bay Packers fan. Named All-Suburban and two-time All-Conference offense and defense as a prep. Is currently engaged to be married.

College: Played 11 games Graded out 86%, 0 sacks allowed, 0 penalties, 25 knockdowns as a freshman in 2005. Played in all 12 games in 2006, earning All-Region and All-Conference honors, including being named NSIC All-Academic. In 2007 Urban was a team captain and a preseason All-America selection. Following the season he received All-District, All-Region, and All-Conference recognition as well as being named Conference All-Academic for the second year in a row. Received All-America status by five organizations and publications following the 2008 season. He finished the season with first team selections to All-America, All-Region, and All-Conference teams. His All-Region selection marked the third straight season Urban earned the honor. For the second consecutive season Urban was named First Team All-Conference for the Warriors in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. A team captain. Invited to play in the annual Cactus Bowl on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville, Urban helped the West beat the East. Majored in Secondary Education.

Pro: Trained at Velocity Sports Performance in Champlin, Minn., and received a tryout invitation to mini-camp with the Vikings following the 2009 NFL Draft. Impressed coaches enough to receive a contract offer on May 4 to come to training camp. Worked at both tackle spots and left guard in mini camp. Was working as a checkout clerk at Target in Plymouth, Minn., before receiving a contract offer from the Vikings.

Positives: Smart, mature person with sound character and work ethic. Looks the part. Has nice size and above-average movement skills. Productive and consistent at a lower level of competition.

Negatives: Division II player who's making a significant jump in the caliber of competition. Needs plenty of technique development and continued work in the weightroom.

Summary: Has a long way to go but is well worth the look and will give the Vikings an honest day's work in training camp. Will get a look at guard and possibly right tackle. Earning a spot on the practice squad would be a nice next step for Urban.

What they said:

"I am very proud of Nick and how he has represented WSU as a captain of our team and also as one of our best academic kids." -Tom Sawyer, Winona State head coach

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