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Julius Brents
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Julius Brents Should No Longer Be Under The Radar

  • Ryan Fowler
  • December 6, 2022
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A cover corner with a wingspan of nearly seven feet and arms that droop down to his knees, Saturday’s Big 12 title game set the stage for Kansas State’s Julius Brents to shine. In a matchup against TCU’s Quentin Johnston that saw two NFL talents line up nose-to-nose all afternoon long, Brents saw his stock rise in Kansas State’s victory.

A Senior Bowl invite, fifth-year senior, and former transfer from the University of Iowa, Brents was as disruptive as you could possibly be on the outside. While he allowed just his second touchdown of the season against the Horned Frogs in 424 coverage snaps combined this fall, diving deeper into his game highlights one of the more impressive perimeter stalwarts in the 2023 NFL Draft—even among an impressive corner class. It’s not often you find corners with 34-inch plus arms. While Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. and his pterodactyl-like appendages have received all the rave reviews, Brents sits in the same boat, and his ability to holster Johnston opened eyes both for myself and those within the industry. 

At 6-foot-4, he fits the CB1 mold at the next level. At a position that has seen the play of long, aggressive corners like New York Jets’ top-five pick Sauce Gardner and Seattle’s steal of the draft in Tariq Woolen battle for the DROY award, skill sets like Brents’ translate to the highest level of the game. A perimeter black hole that’s allowed just 22 catches on 48 targets (45.8% reception percentage), Brents has recorded four interceptions, three PBUs, and has evolved into one of the nation’s elite man defenders. For offenses, his presence at times has shut down a third of the field.

While Brents has been a tad grabby this fall (six penalties), his aggressive nature constantly put Johnston in a bind, forcing the receiver to go deep into his bag to create open throwing lanes. Julius Brents is always quick to close. While his upright, high-hipped build would make it look difficult for him to rapidly change direction, he constantly plays with a low center of gravity and equilibrium that allows him to work downhill and to his left and right in the blink of an eye. And when you add in his willingness to stick his face in the mud at the catch point where his length gives pass-catchers nightmares when trying to secure the football, you find yourself with a top-100 pick when it’s all set and done.

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