The Good: A natural bender with good body control and re-direction skills in space. Displays a natural first step out of his stance and has an ability to consistently reach the corner vs. edge rushers. Possesses vines for arms and does a nice job getting hands inside and anchoring against the bull rush. Natural in space and has the athleticism to reach-block and seal at the second level. The Bad: Needs to add a bit more girth and power to his base. Isn't a real physical in-line run blocker and isn't going to get great push in the run game. Needs to show more of a violent punch in pass protection.
Positives: Has prototypical size with long arms and a frame to continue growing into. Possesses very natural movement skills - outstanding foot quickness, balance, body control and bend to handle speed off the edge. Plays with a good, wide base, natural knee bend and shows the ability to anchor. Efficient sliding, shuffling and mirroring his man in pass R>protection. Is alert to recognize and adjust to pick up the blitz. Has shown he can be physical in the run game and steps up against better competition - see USC and Georgia Tech. Runs his feet on contact and can generate movement off the ball as a run blocker. Plays on his feet and recovers when he gets out of position. Smart and even-keeled. Looked like he did not break a sweat in mirror drills at the Combine and redirects very easily. Negatives: Not explosive or nasty and does not play with a good tempo. Lacks upper-body strength and needs to get stronger. Good, not great, arm length. Uses too much finesse and is not overpowering as a run blocker. Not a great finisher. Too jumpy anticipating the snap. Opens up his shoulders and leaves the inside susceptible to counter moves. Can punch with more authority and do a better job uncoiling his hands. Not elected a team captain and is not a vocal leader. Comes from a huge family of 16 kids and could have more distractions pulling on him. Has been nagged by knee injuries that might not disappear and does not have a high threshold to play through pain. Summary: A big, naturally athletic, long-armed left tackle who has played in a pro-style offense, proven he can consistently handle big-time competition and shown he can do it all physically. A very polished pass protector and solid base blocker, Monroe has all the tools to step in from Day One and man the left side. Has few, if any, major flaws but might not be quite as mean and tough as some curmudgeon OL coaches desire and knee needs to be evaluated more closely. Grade: Top-10 pick.