Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #2 OT, #2/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1
2008: 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. 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...2007: Honorable mention All-ACC selection … underrated performer who was overpowering during the season … started 11 games at left tackle, missing the Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee games with a knee injury... did not allow a sack during the regular season...2006: Played in all 12 games and started six times at left tackle where he shared time with Zak Stair ... earned his first letter.
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