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Monroe Has Potential
Andre Monroe, a 6-foot, 282-pound defensive tackle from St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., gets a closer look from Scout.com. At just 6-feet tall, Monroe is already set to get leverage on taller offensive linemen, but one of the things you notice right off the bat watching his film is how low he comes out of his four-point stance off the snap. He brings his hips and hands to linemen and plays with good power up front, allowing him to disrupt the play before it can even start. Because he brings his lower body off the snap, he is also surprisingly quick when penetrating and can break up a play in the backfield. With a player of his size, you typically expect a one-gap pass rusher, but Monroe is more than that. He can take on double teams and shed blocks, plug holes and throw blockers around and also has some ability to rush the passer. He shows excellent hustle in pursuit and is a high-motor player. I'd like to see him get low and tackle with a little more consistency and power, however that is something that will certainly be taught at Maryland. While I love how Monroe goes after the ball, he does play out of control at times because of that and can overrun the play which will be fixed with coaching and experience. That said, on many plays he shows discipline by staying at home on misdirection runs and makes the play. Overall, Monroe looks like a talented player that just needs to learn a bit more about his position and could use some work in the weight room to get the right type of weight on his frame. Two players that come to mind watching him are Myron Pryor and Mike Patterson. Patterson was a 1st round pick in the NFL and Pryor was a 6th round pick, so that obviously leaves a lot of ground in between, but both were similar players. A few years will show if Monroe can become those type of players.
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