NFL Draft Watch: Eugene Monroe, Best Offensive Lineman in ’09 Draft


Published: March 26, 2009

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... starter as a sophomore to becoming the primary reason Virginia was comfortable in keeping 2008 first-round pick Branden Albert inside at left guard, as opposed to left tackle where Albert started 15 games as a rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite Albert's obvious tools, Al Groh was wise to keep Monroe on the outside if his play as a senior was any indication. Named an All-American and the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the ACC, Monroe looks the part of a top-10 prospect.

NFL offensive coordinators and quarterbacks would love to have his length and strength in pass protection. Had an arm span of 33-7/8 inches and a hand span of 11-1/8 inches at the combine.

Some of his positives are he is a prototypical left tackle who is built for the position he has good long arms,He is really tall, and he has a thick lower body.

He rarely gets beat by the defensive lineman and he keeps them moving during pass protection to ma...

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