Eugene Monroe, DS #2 OT, Virginia Selected:Round 1, Pick 8, Overall Pick 8 by Jaguars
Name:Eugene Monroe College:VirginiaNumber: 75 Height: 6-5 Weight: 309 Position:OTPos2: OG Class/Draft Year:Sr/2009 40 Low: 5.08 40 Time:5.1840 High: 5.29
Projected Round:1Stock:High: Top 5 Low: 8-12 Rated number 2 out of 183 OT's4 / 2488 TOTAL
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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Draft Scout Eugene Monroe News
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.