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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Has to be Eugene Monroe. He's the best player selected by the Jaguars and they got him after a couple teams ahead of them made surprise choices, leaving Monroe there for the taking at No. 8. Monroe is as close to a sure-starter for the Jaguars as anyone. He's the first offensive lineman taken in the first round by the Jaguars since Tony Boselli was selected in the club's first NFL Draft in 1995. No one is making comparisons to Boselli at this point, but Monroe has the talent to step in and be a starter from Day 1 and for years to come thereafter. A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 1/8, Eugene Monroe, OT, 6-5, 309, Virginia...The Jaguars were ecstatic to get Monroe, whom they had projected to be gone by the time their pick came. Even though they signed Tra Thomas in free agency, there was concern with the offensive line. Thomas will turn 35 during next season and there's concern if he could hold up as a starter the entire schedule. With Monroe in the fold, it gives the Jaguars some flexibility along the line, such as moving Thomas or Monroe to the right tackle spot and shifting regular tackle Tony Pashos inside to a guard spot. - by The Sports Xchange
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From a family of 16 children that included 10 brothers, Monroe and his siblings could have fielded a team of their own.
Monroe overcame knee problems that slowed him during the 2006 and '07 seasons, and was one of the most dominating linemen in the college game during his final campaign. The Cavaliers struggled, but their offensive line leader excelled, producing 16 touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that scored only 23 times in 2008.
Many scouting departments labeled Monroe as a certain early first-round draft selection, especially based on his 2008 performance and ability to remain healthy throughout his senior year. Many of those experts feel that his strength, technique and hand placement is superior to former Virginia first-round offensive linemen, D'Brickashaw Ferguson (New York Jets) and Branden Albert (Kansas City).
At Plainfield High School, Monroe was rated the best offensive lineman in the country by numerous recruiting services. The U.S. Army, USA Today, Parade, EA Sports and Super Prep All-American choice received a five-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was the third-rated overall prospect, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, and ranked second overall among high school football players, by College Football News.
The top-rated player of Super Prep's Elite 50 list, Monroe added Scout.com East Hot 100 list honors. He was named Super Prep's Northeast Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, adding top player in New Jersey recognition by Super Prep, Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was a first-team All-State pick by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior and a first-team All-State selection as a junior. The offensive lineman did not allow any quarterback sacks during his final three seasons as a starter.
As a true freshman, Monroe appeared in 12 games for Virginia in 2005. He lined up mostly behind All-American D'Brickashaw Ferguson at left offensive tackle, but also saw action at right guard and on the placement-kick unit. He played briefly in two games as a defensive tackle in short-yardage situations, but did not record a tackle.
Primed to replace Ferguson at left tackle in 2006, Monroe suffered a dislocated kneecap in April camp and underwent surgery. He was slow to recover, but showed his "true warrior" attitude by playing in all 12 games, including six starts (seven total) at left tackle. He posted 39 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks and graded 84.43% for blocking consistency (81.2% overall) in the contests he started while allowing just four quarterback pressures and no sacks on 345 pass plays.
Monroe missed two games in 2007 after injuring his knee late in the Georgia Tech clash, but still earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition. He led the team with an 87.09% grade for blocking consistency, playing on a line that featured All-American offensive guard Branden Albert (Albert graded 83.5% in 2007). The left tackle registered 55 knockdowns and led ACC linemen with 15 touchdown-resulting blocks, as he did not allow any sacks and gave up just one pressure on 428 pass plays.
A consensus All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason selection entering his senior season, Monroe was one of the few bright spots, as the Cavaliers struggled on offense throughout the 2008 campaign. He was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the highest honor to be bestowed on an Atlantic Coast Conference lineman. He set school single-season records with 16 touchdown-resulting blocks and was the first Cavalier to register over 100 knockdowns/key blocks (105) in a season.
Positives: Prototypical left tackle build -- good height, long arms and a thick lower body. Good feet, and keeps them moving in pass protection to mirror his man. Rarely gets beat, handling bull rushes as well as most inside and outside moves with ease. Keeps his balance. Blocks down inside often to take defensive tackles out of the play. Able to neutralize linebackers at the second level. Shifts to tight end on some strong-side run plays in order to use his strength and athleticism. Blocks through the whistle, often blocking two or three jerseys on one play when on the move.
Negatives: A bit bigger in the middle than you'd like. Tends to catch ends instead of using his punch to keep them off balance. Must improve his awareness of inside blitzers or late rushers when plays break down. Could get to second level or moving targets a little more quickly and sustain blocks better in the open field.
Compares To: WALTER JONES, Seattle -- Both players are blessed with excellent athleticism and agility, along with the quick feet to mirror speedy edge rushers. Monroe is a solid run blocker, plays on his feet with very good balance and has excellent body control. He has the strength to gain position when working in-line and creates and widens rush lanes. He is capable of staying on his feet and sustaining blocks, using his hand strength well to lock on and control his man. He competes until the whistle and plays with good aggression. His field vision and awareness are evident by his ability to pick up line games and blitzes. His body control lets him readjust and deliver crunching blocks in the second level. With his fluid body flexibility, he has no problem sinking his hips and anchoring to protect the pocket. By remaining healthy as a senior, he has the athletic ability and pedigree to be the first offensive lineman taken in the 2009 NFL Draft.
GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 7.04 Body Structure: Monroe has a well-developed frame with room for additional growth. He can carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk without having the additional weight impact his foot speed. He has the long arms, wide wingspan and broad shoulders you look for in a left tackle. He possesses a wide waist and hips, solid thickness in his thighs and calves and firm midsection. With his toned frame he looks more like a defensive lineman, especially with his sudden explosion off the snap.
Athletic Ability: Monroe has natural strength and quickness, as his 40-yard dash clocking of 5.09 is one of the best among 2009 NFL Draft eligible offensive tackles. He shows excellent balance and change of direction flexibility, along with outstanding acceleration when working into the second level. He plays on his feet, thanks to superb balance and shows the body control to play and adjust in space and pick up blocks on the move downfield. He can slide and readjust to mirror edge rushers in pass protection. He also displays the lower-body flexibility to drop his pads and anchor firmly vs. stunts and the bull rush. He shows ease of movement accelerating into the second level and excellent change-of-direction agility to make plays working down the line. He plays with a strong base, keeping his feet wide and pad level low to generate enough explosion coming off the snap. He has the lateral range to make adjustments in his pass set. Monroe bends his knees with good flexibility and shows that he has the quickness to get out on the edge and seal off the rush. He has the agility to pull and trap with effectiveness from the outside position and displays good hand usage and the redirection skills to mirror on stunts and blitzes. GRADE: 7.4
Football Sense: Monroe plays with very good awareness in pass protection. Is quick to locate and pick up games and stunts instantly. He does a nice job chipping to the second level and is very alert on the edge to neutralize pass rushers in space. He has no problem digesting the playbook. He is very quick to pick up defensive schemes and has good work ethic, easily taking the plays from the board to the field with only minimal reps. Shows enough savvy to make blocking calls. GRADE: 7.2
Character: Good maturity and is responsible off the field. Football is important to him and he puts forth the extra effort and hours to improve. Good teammate and mentor for the squad's younger players. Is very respectful and trusted during crunch-time. He is the type that you know will take care of business when the coaches put a daunting task in front of him. GRADE: 7.3
Competitiveness: Competitive enough that coaches have extolled his high threshold for pain and willingness to play through injuries. He plays with great effort and toughness until the whistle and will not hesitate to go downfield and block, playing as if he has a "chip on his shoulder" and that defensive linemen are his mortal enemies. He competes hard in both games and practice and the coaching staff cites his work ethic. He will not hesitate to intimidate an opponent. In 2007, he did tend to get a little overaggressive, but is quick to recover. He is the type that plays until the whistle and keeps his head on a swivel looking for defenders to attack. He consistently finishes and likes to mix it up in the trenches. He has a mauler's personality and always finishes off his blocks. He works hard to redirect and sustain and will play through pain. In 2008, Monroe displayed more aggression in his game. Despite the team's poor play, he never throttled down on the field, playing each down with the same vigor. His epic battle with Georgia Tech's Michael Johnson proved that he has the heart and desire to play up to the NFL level. GRADE: 7.3
Work Habits: Monroe is a hard worker in the weight room and on the practice field. Even when slowed by injuries, the coaches were hesitate about moving All-American Branden Albert to left tackle, feeling that Monroe was the far superior player. He did have to alter his training some due to knee problems during the 2007 off-season, but he is a self-starter type who performs with a good attitude and is developing fine leadership qualities. He is sometimes too critical of his performances, but it is his strong work ethic that drives him to be the best that he can. He could use better midsection muscle tone (bit of a gut), but does have the athletic ability to play low in his pads. He has no problems doing what the coaches ask, making him the "good soldier" that an NFL coach will find is an eager student with a thirst for football knowledge. GRADE: 7.0
ATHLETIC REPORT GRADE: 7.52
Initial Quickness: Monroe has exceptional initial quickness. He's very light on his feet for a player his size and shows the ability to immediately react to movement. He is sudden working to gain position working in-line or when reaching the second level. He generates explosive pop on contact, especially in pass protection. Using his long wingspan effectively to engulf edge rushers. He gets to top speed quickly and does a very good job of getting upfield to neutralize the linebackers. He has nimble feet and excellent redirection agility to make proper body adjustments on the move. Very quick to gain hand placement, using his long reach to keep defenders at a distance. He shows ease of movement in his kick slide and can really gain a head of steam when he gets moving. When he gains advantage on a defender with his foot speed, he works hard to keep it. He has the short-area speed to get upfield and shows the strong base to maintain his position when working in-line. In 2008, Monroe showed very good explosion rising out of his stance with a sudden first step needed to leverage the defender for the angle and power drives. He was quick to accelerate up field coming off the snap and made solid strides to improve his consistency getting into position as a run blocker who can easily reach the second level. GRADE: 8.0
Lateral Movement: Monroe has fluid lateral agility and movement, keeping his feet on pulls and when moving upfield. He maintains balance and body control when changing direction and is sudden when redirecting. Shows explosive feet and his lateral flexibility getting through holes when asked to pull. As a senior, you could see that he improved his balance and change-of-direction agility. Appears very light on his feet, especially when sliding in pass protection and with his wide frame and excellent arm length, he had no problems locking on and riding away edge rushers from the pocket. GRADE: 7.7
Balance/Stays On Feet: Monroe plays at a low pad level, quickly generating the explosive burst to gain advantage. He is able to cover defenders up, thanks to his long reach and large hands. Even at his size, he shows no problem getting low in his stance to attain proper leverage, displaying excellent knee bend. Quick on his feet and uses his hands to sustain. He plays with steady effort and is a strong, physical finisher. Once he locks on to a defender, he will generally win the battle. Even vs. the bull rush, defenders have a very difficult time attempting to knock him off his base. He always plays with his feet and base wide, which allows him to battle throughout the play. He uses his hands with force to gain position and is a nasty finisher whose hand quickness and placement lets him mirror his man and sustain blocks. Even when he overextends, he is quick to recover. His body control lets him excel on the pull. It is very rare to see him lunge or fall to the ground, using his long arms to generate solid reach blocks. What impressed scouts most about Monroe in 2008 was his ability to get out in front on traps and the quickness he showed working to the second level. He showed the ability to locate targets and drop his weight when executing longer pulls and his body control allows him to adjust to counter moves and make contact on the move. GRADE: 7.9
Explosion/Pop: Monroe combines size, strength, body mass and long wingspan to generate very good explosion behind his blocks. He is also an explosive hip roller, playing with properly bent knees that he uses well, along with his strength to push and wall off his man. When he extends his arms and executes his hand punch, his upper-body power will see him jolt and control the defender. He will sometimes overextend and try to maul the opponent, but shows good pop driving into the defender on running plays. He demonstrates good hand usage and above-average strength to shock and jolt, but will have to add more bulk to maintain that consistency at the next level. He accelerates quickly coming off the ball and his low pad level lets him get underneath the defender to sustain. He is a very good positional mover who can maul. He uses his hands with force, delivering a solid punch to stymie the bull rush and knocks people off balance with his explosion off the snap. He is not the type who will lean and shove, preferring to attack and grind it out until the whistle. His lower-body flexibility is superb and he drives off the ball with good urgency. When he makes contact, he hits with thud and good pop. His 2008 offseason work in the weight room was evident by the power and violence behind his punch. He has that upper-body power to jolt defenders and with his strong hands, he did a really nice job of locking on and controlling his opponent until the whistle. GRADE: 7.4
Run Blocking: Monroe comes off the snap with a hard surge and good leg drive, possessing the feet to stay on his blocks and sustain. Is a good upper-body blocker who shuffles his feet. As a zone blocker, he has more than enough strength to move out level one defenders. Once he gains position off the snap, he has the strength to wall off. He has a good concept for taking proper angles to cut off second-level opponents and shows outstanding ability leading on long pulls. He is still more comfortable working in space, as he shows better explosion getting out to search and neutralize linebackers, but has the leg drive and lateral movement to be quite effective maintaining rush lane integrity. In 2008, he showed very good improvement in attempts to scope, sustain and make reach blocks than in the past (struggled in 2006 while slowly recovering from a dislocated left kneecap). He plays on his feet and battles throughout the play. He gets very good hip roll, which lets him be more physical and aggressive coming off the snap. He sets his base a little high at times when blocking in-line, but generally does a solid job of using his size to maul and take over on blocks. If he locks on to a defender, he will generally win the battle. He can drive with good initial force, but is best when accelerating to get to the second level. In 2008, Monroe was very good at using his quickness to explode off the snap. He has the power to deliver pop on contact and the leg drive to generate movement. He adjusts well on the move and has the speed to pull and reach the second level. He also showed better ability to take angles when blocking down field. GRADE: 7.9
Pass Blocking: Monroe uses his foot quickness well to shuffle his feet and slide back with ease when taking on edge rushers. He stays square and balanced, keeping his pad level low. Even when he gets overextended, he is quick to recover. He generates a strong anchor and good field vision to recover vs. double moves. He is quick to pivot in attempts to counter the speed rush, as he shows good urgency getting to his reach point. He uses his long arms effectively in attempts to extend and lock on to the defender's jersey. He has the speed to mirror and square up with an opponent, as his strong anchor lets him maintain position when trying to neutralize the pass-rush charge. He seems to be getting comfortable with edge blocking, showing the foot quickness in his kick-slide to mirror, but will drop his head. With his lateral quickness, he can slide and readjust. Monroe plays with good awareness and has the flexibility along with functional lower-body strength to anchor. Few offensive tackles demonstrate his hand quickness. He comes out of his stance with good urgency and a solid base, opening his hips quickly to pivot and adjust to the speed rush. In 2008, Monroe showed that he has the active feet and balance in his kick slide, along with the long arms to simply engulf edge rushers. He has the ability to use his speed and wingspan to handle movement on the edge and even improved his footwork working in-line. He still has some lapses when he sets up too wide, but with his balance, he is quick to recover. GRADE: 8.5
Pulling/Trapping: Monroe's quickness suggests that the coaching staff should find more ways to using him on pulls. He is an athletic blocker who is smooth in his movement getting into the second level. He has the body control to execute blocks in space and plays with a strong base that makes it very difficult for the defender to get him off his feet. His quickness coming out of his stance and outstanding body control allows him to make fluid adjustments working in space, making him an ideal lead blocker on long pulls and playing downfield. Great ease of movement in his hips when changing direction and he has more than enough balance to stay on his feet on the move. He adjusts well to pick up stunts when working in-line and shows very good explosiveness to get out and make plays in space. His change-of-direction agility lets him make good contact on the move, especially when he attempts to neutralize linebackers. In 2008, the staff used him more on pulls and traps. He has that rare speed to get out front and the body control to adjust and make contact when on the move. GRADE: 7.5
Adjust on Linebacker Downfield: Monroe is capable of getting on top of the linebackers, as he will use his long arms to engulf and his strength to pancake them in the open. He has good hip swerve that he uses to adjust and make contact when delivering open field blocks. He has the balance and foot speed to get in front of the charge on pulls and roll-outs, taking proper angles to get into the second level. He is always looking for linebackers to attack. He shows great ease of movement in space and has the body control and base to get position and keep it. He takes proper angles to cut off and when he wheels on the linebacker, he will quickly neutralize the opponent. He is very alert when working in space and likes to use his hands with force to shock and jolt. In 2008, Monroe did a nice job of adjusting his feet on the move and it was rare to see him fall off his blocks or be on the ground. He demonstrates proper knee bend and balance to bump off the defensive end when used on the stretch play and also is effective climbing the wall to attack the linebackers when working in-line. GRADE: 7.7
Use of Hands/Punch: Monroe has the hand strength to stun and control defenders with his hand punch. Before the 2008 season, he needed to develop better technique in getting underneath defenders. He made strides using his hands to lock on and grab. As a junior, he displayed much better ability of throwing his hands, thanks to good timing. He has the long arms to pressure, using his strength and pop on contact to jolt and control the opponent. When he attacks a defender with his hand punch, he will generally neutralize him. He will get reckless at times and take long arm swipes, causing the defender to slip off his blocks, but shows enough redirection agility to recover. He has made very good improvement in resetting his hands, getting proper separation when doing so. He is more of a punch-and-shock type, but is also learning how to use his hands better to control. In 2008, Monroe was more aggressive with his hands. He has that natural upper body strength and violent hand punch to jolt the defender and is very active using his hands to control his man when setting up in pass protection. GRADE: 6.8
Reactions/Awareness: Monroe is a quick-footed athlete whose ability to shuffle and slide makes him an ideal fit at left tackle. He is quick to recover when caught out of position and shows good urgency and vision to handle twists and games. He is very natural reacting and executing blocks on the move. His foot speed lets him get to his reach point and cut off edge rushers and he displays good body control when readjusting to movement. He does a good job of shuffling his feet. When he gets too tall in his stance, he can get caught out of position (will lunge and fail to recover), but when he stays square, he maintains good balance. He does a nice job of picking up stunts and blitzes with his balance and foot speed. He also demonstrates above average ability to slide and readjust when working off the edge. In 2008, Monroe still stands upright at times, but with his balance and foot quickness, he's quick to recover. He needs some refinement shuffling his feet to react quicker to the blitz, but even when he overextends, he showed the balance to move his feet to get into position to protect the pocket in pass protection. He still needs to see the big picture quicker, but he does a good job of recovering and holding his ground. GRADE: 6.5
Compares To: WALTER JONES, Seattle -- Both players are blessed with excellent athleticism and agility, along with the quick feet to mirror speedy edge rushers. Monroe is a solid run blocker, plays on his feet with very good balance and has excellent body control. He has the strength to gain position when working in-line and creates and widens rush lanes. He is capable of staying on his feet and sustaining blocks, using his hand strength well to lock on and control his man. He competes until the whistle and plays with good aggression. His field vision and awareness are evident by his ability to pick up line games and blitzes. His body control lets him readjust and deliver crunching blocks in the second level. With his fluid body flexibility, he has no problem sinking his hips and anchoring to protect the pocket. By remaining healthy as a senior, he has the athletic ability and pedigree to be the first offensive lineman taken in the 2009 NFL Draft. OVERALL GRADE: 7.53
Since moving into the starting lineup as a sophomore, Monroe allowed two quarterback sacks, spanning 1,212 pass plays in 30 starting assignments. During his time as a starter, Monroe has graded 87.571% for blocking consistency, the top grade among the NCAA's returning offensive tackles. In that span, he produced 199 knockdowns/key blocks, including 39 touchdown-resulting blocks and 27 more blocks downfield. The 2008 Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient, given to the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference, became the school's eighth player to receive that award since its inception in 1953. In his final season, Monroe was the first ever Virginia offensive lineman to record more than 100 knockdowns in a season (105), shattering the old mark of 76 by offensive tackle Jim Dombrowski in 1985. His 2008 blocking consistency grade of 88.42% is the best of any ACC offensive lineman since center Jim Ritcher of North Carolina graded 87.72% in 1979. In 2008, his 16 touchdown-resulting blocks broke the old school record of 14 by Ray Roberts in 1991 and the conference annual mark of 15 by Chris Port of Duke in 1989. The team scored just 23 total touchdowns and Monroe had 16 touchdown-resulting blocks and also provided protection blocks on five others. By being involved in 91.3% of his team's scores, it's the highest season percentage of any offensive lineman in college since Tony Mandarich of Michigan State had an 89.22% percentage in 1988. Graded at least 90% six times in 2008, the most ever by an ACC lineman in a season.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-State first-team choice...Recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. "The honor of being the Jacob's recipient means a lot to me," Monroe said. "It is one of the goals I set out to reach two years ago. It is a reflection of not only my work, but my coaches who helped guide me, teammates who push me everyday, and family back home who has been a supporting cast through my journey. My career has come a long way, from being a backup my first year, overcoming set backs, and being able to achieve this award."...Rated the best senior offensive line prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft by The NFL Draft Report, Monroe started all twelve games at left offensive tackle, as he was one of the few bright spots for a unit that not only struggled to score (ranked 115th in the nation with an average of 16.08 points per game), but also to gain yardage (106th in total offense with an average of 299.75 yards per game and 109th in rushing, averaging 96.58 yards per contest)...Registered a school season-record 105 knockdowns/key blocks, as he set another school and ACC season-record with sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks, posting a blocking consistency grade of 88.42%, the best of any senior offensive tackle in the collegiate ranks...What makes his sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks (also provided key pass protection blocks on five touchdown throws) even more impressive is the fact that all of the team's touchdown runs were because of those blocks and the Cavaliers would produce just 23 total touchdowns for the season (made touchdown-resulting blocks on 69.56% of the team's touchdowns and was involved with key blocks on 91.3% of those scores)...The offense generated 3,597 yards in total offense for the season, with 2,762 of those yards (76.79%) coming from over Monroe's side of the field.
All-American honorable mention and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding All-ACC mention from the league's coaches...Second-team All-State pick by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and the Roanoke Times...Named the Rock Weir Award winner as the team's most improved offensive player and earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance in the North Carolina contest...Started eleven games at the demanding left offensive tackle position, missing the Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State contests after suffering a knee sprain vs. Georgia Tech...Still managed to lead the conference's offensive tackles with an 87.09% blocking consistency grade, receiving the highest grades of any Cavalier down lineman in six contests...Did not allow any quarterback sacks and gave up just one pressure on 428 pass plays...Delivered 55 knockdown/key blocks, including 15 that resulted in touch-downs, as he also made ten blocks down field...Was penalized four times (one ineligible receiver down field, one holding, two personal fouls)...Paced ACC down lineman with three performances that produced blocking consistency grades of 90% or better...Also recorded a solo tackle and recovered one fumble.
All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention by The Gridiron Report...Shared left offensive tackle duties with Zak Stair, starting vs. Pittsburgh, Wyoming, Western Michigan, Duke, East Carolina (team opened with six linemen), Miami and Virginia Tech...Was slowed early in the year while recovering from knee problems...Underwent surgery on April 7th to repair a left kneecap that he dislocated six days earlier during spring drills and was limited in action during August camp...Still collected 39 knockdowns/key blocks, along with eight touchdown-resulting blocks and five blocks downfield...Did not allow any quarterback sacks (the front wall unit gave up 35 sacks, ranking 104th in the nation) and just four pressures on 345 passing plays...Finished with an 81.17% grade for blocking consistency, as the offense struggled, averaging just 257.17 yards per game, ranking 113th in the nation and last in the conference...When in the starting lineup, Monroe graded 84.43% for blocking consistency, producing 36 of his knockdowns in those contests.
Monroe saw action as a reserve left offensive tackle and right guard in twelve games, as he also performed on the kick scoring unit...In addition to action on offense, he appeared briefly as a defensive tackle in two contests, but did not record any statistics.
2005: Suffered a patella tendon strain in his left knee while practicing for an all-star game (1/11). 2006: Suffered a left kneecap dislocation during April camp (4/01), undergoing surgery on 4/07. He returned to practice by August camp, but was slow to recover until later in the season. 2007: Injured his knee late in the fourth quarter vs. Georgia Tech (9/24), sitting out the next two games vs. Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State.
Campus: 5.09 in the 40-yard dash...1.69 10-yard dash...2.86 20-yard dash...4.47 20-yard shuttle...7.42 three-cone drill...29 1/2-inch vertical jump...475-pound bench press...535-pound squat...340-pound power clean...34 1/8-inch arm length...10 1/4-inch hands.
Combine: 5.18 in the 40-yard dash...1.75 10-yard dash...2.96 20-yard dash...4.78 20-yard shuttle...7.88 three-cone drill...28 1/2-inch vertical jump...9'2" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times...33 7/8-inch arm length...11 1/8-inch hands.
Attended Plainfield (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coach Clinton Jones... Rated the best offensive lineman in the country by numerous recruiting services...U.S. Army, USA Today, Parade, EA Sports and Super Prep All-American choice...Received a five-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com...Rated third overall in the nation, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked second overall among high school football players, by College Football News...Was the top-rated player on Super Prep's Elite 50 list...Added Scout.com East Hot 100 list honors...Named Super Prep's Northeast Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, adding top player in New Jersey recognition by Super Prep, Scout.com, and Rivals.com...First-team All-State choice by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior and a first-team All-State selection as a junior...Did not allow any quarterback sacks during his final three seasons as a starter.
Sociology major...One of 16 children (10 brothers, five sisters) of Stephanie Green and the late John Monroe...Born Eugene Christopher Monroe on 4/18/87 in Plainfield, New Jersey.
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01/08/15 - LT Eugene Monroe's chances of playing Saturday are getting better. Monroe practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
"Making some pretty good progress," Monroe told reporters. "It's definitely positive. I feel like time is on our side. The game isn't until Saturday mid-day. I'm very optimistic, but it's a tricky little deal. We'll see how it plays out. (Wednesday) was a major step."
Monroe has missed the past two games due to the ankle injury, sidelining him against the Cleveland Browns and during a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Saturday. He was replaced in the starting lineup by undrafted rookie James Hurst, who allowed six quarterback hurries against the Steelers.
"You get his experience back," said offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who also expressed confidence in rookie linemen Hurst and John Urschel. "That's the biggest thing. He practiced, and we'll see how he holds up. Hopefully, Eugene is there and that's a problem (decision) that we have. So, we'll see what happens."
01/04/15 - OT Eugene Monroe (foot) was inactive for the Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh is hopeful that he may be able to play next Saturday at New England in an AFC divisional playoff game.
01/03/15 - T Eugene Monroe (ankle) is out of Saturday's game against the Steelers.
12/31/14 - T Eugene Monroe has an ankle injury, is in a walking boot and is expected to miss Saturday's game.
12/29/14 - OT Eugene Monroe, who missed the season finale against the Browns because of an ankle injury, is questionable for the playoff game against the Steelers, according to coach John Harbaugh. If Monroe can't play, rookie offensive James Hurst, who has started in his place, will take over. Harbaugh has expressed confidence in Hurst's ability.
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