Jaguars Select OT Monroe w/ the Number 8 Pick in the Draft

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The Jaguars offensive line was a disaster last season with injuries and poor play, and Saturday the team adressed that position with the selection of OT Eugene Monroe. The 309 pound tackle will play on the left side for the Jags, and some had him going as early as one in the entire draft.

Here’s Monroe’s bio from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:

Prototypical size with long arms…Very athletic…Quick and agile with great balance…Light on his feet…Moves well laterally…Smooth and fluid…Has the ability to adjust and recover…Strong with a potent initial punch…Skilled technician with great footwork…Understands positioning and angles…Does a great job in pass protection and can handle speed off the edge…Stout at the point of attack and holds his ground…Displays some power in the run game and gets a decent push…Good mobility and range…Real smart with excellent awareness.

Weaknesses:

Durability is a legit concern…Inconsistent with his leverage…Could definitely stand to be more aggressive…Is not a true road grading run blocker…Needs to strengthen his lower body…Can do a better job of sustaining his blocks…Is not super tough and may lack a killer instinct.

Notes:

Was the #3 recruit in the entire country, regardless of position, coming out of high school according to Rivals…Was essentially a three-year starter for the Cavs…Backed up D’Brickashaw Ferguson as a true freshman and also played some right guard…Underwent surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap in the spring of 2006 and missed two games with a sprained knee in 2007…Was a 2nd Team All-American and 1st Team All-ACC as a senior…Received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the ACC in 2008…This guy was the reason Branden Albert was playing inside at guard rather than outside at left tackle like he does in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs…Hails from a college program with a strong reputation for producing high draft picks and quality pros at his position…Has a well-rounded game and can be a factor as a pass protector and a run blocker…Left tackle prospect with the tools to successfully man the blind side in the NFL.


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