The second rated offensive tackle behind Baylor's Jason Smith by NFL Draft Scout, Virginia's Eugene Monroe will follow in the footsteps of former Cavalier teammates Branden Albert and D'Brickashaw Ferguson when he is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The 6'6", 315 pound offensive tackle has routinely been in the top 5 of many NFL mock drafts. And for good reasons too. He's a premiere left tackle from a school known for producing big time o-linemen. Let's take a closer look at Eugene Monroe:
- Lined up behind left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson
- Appeared in 12 games, mostly at right tackle
- Dislocated knee cap in April camp
- Played in 12 games
- Six starts at left tackle
- Did not allows any QB sacks
- Missed two games due to a knee injury
- Didn't allow any sacks; only one QB pressure
- Started 11 games at left tackle
- Set school record with 16 touchdown resulting blocks (Only 23 total TDs by Virginia last year)
- Unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-State first-team choice
- Started all 12 games at left tackle
- The Cavalier 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
Here's what else you need to know about Monroe, from NFL Draft Scout. He has typical size for the left tackle position; superb balance and foot control; plays with a "chip" on his shoulder; and has good football intelligence, whatever that means.
The biggest knock on Monroe is his injury history, which he did all he could to dispel that notion last season by starting every game. Medical testing at the NFL Combine created a rumor that Monroe's knees, which he sprained and dislocated a knee cap on, were of big concern.
That video above provides lots of good footage of Monroe, who is definitely quick and athletic.
For now, sorry about the short post. I'm still battling this nasty cold and can't get much thinking done. Thanks for your patience.