Jaguars Maximize Value with Monroe
Eugene Monroe
Eugene Monroe
Posted Apr 25, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

As pick after pick came off the board in the first hour of the draft, the Jaguars front office must have been licking their chops. When Jacksonville went on the clock they were faced with the possibilities of selecting either Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji, or Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

The Jaguars made the safe, "base-hit" pick and went with the offensive tackle, Eugene Monroe.

Eugene Monroe (Getty Images)
JagNation first heard Eugene Monroe's name as a possibility during October, when the Jaguars scouting department single-handedly watched several of Monroe's games at Virginia. We then heard about Monroe again in a private conversation with an inside source at the Senior Bowl who mentioned the pick to us.

Eugene Monroe may not be the "sexy" pick, but he certainly represents the best possible value. Monroe can be a 10-year starter at the premium left tackle position and step in seamlessly when Tra Thomas is ready to move on.

Future need certainly met great value with Eugene Monroe for the Jaguars at pick number eight.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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