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Eugene Monroe OT 6'5 309 Virginia 5.23

By: Robert Davis

The presence of D’Brickashaw Ferguson kept Monroe on the bench most of his freshman season, although he did see the field at both tackle and guard. He dislocated his kneecap during the spring of 2006, which limited him as a junior. He played in every game, but it effected his ability. Monroe started 11 games at left tackle last year, but missed two games because of a knee injury. Monroe had the senior season everyone expected out of him, as he was named All ACC and All American for his standout play.

Strengths

Monroe is an excellent all around tackle. He has the prototype frame for a left tackle, along with all the physical attributes you could ask for as well. He is blessed with very good athleticism, which allows him to be a standout pass blocker. Monroe has the agility and footwork to keep his man at bay, and protect his QB’s blindside. He is not just a pass blocker, as he also shows the ability to man handle defenders at the point of attack. Monroe has the strength to drive his man into the ground off the snap, and clear out a path for his running back to follow.

Weaknesses

Consistency and durability are two things Monroe needs to work on. He has the natural talent and ability to be a dominant all around lineman, but has times where he doesn’t always display them. He has also been hindered by knee injuries as a sophomore and junior, and will need to show he will be able to make it through the 16 game grind in the NFL.

Future

Monroe has climbed draft boards since the season ended. That has as much to do with his own performance, as it has others sliding. Monroe has impressed with his wingspan and natural agility. Perhaps the most important factor in his rise to the top has come because of questions around Michael Oher and Andre Smith. Smith entered the post season as the top guy on most boards but a lot of questions have surfaced about him since the end of the season. Monroe has a chance to be the top tackle selected, possibly even the top player overall come April.


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