Virginia's Monroe meets with Lions
Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe was the second player to have a sit-down meeting with Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. Monroe was scheduled for dinner with several members of the Lions brass Friday, but those plans changed because of his NFL combine schedule.
Still, he had a formal sit-down with Mayhew and senior personnel executive Shack Harris late Friday night similar to the one Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford had Thursday. Stafford met Mayhew, Harris, coach Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and team president Tom Lewand for dinner at Shula's Steak House.
Monroe is considered one of the top left-tackle prospects in the draft and a sure top-10 pick. He did 23 bench-press reps during Friday's workout and should run one of the best 40-yard-dash times today.
As I've already written, Monroe and Baylor's Jason Smith stood out as the two most impressive tackle prospects when they met with the media Thursday. Alabama's Andre Smith is another potential top-10 pick.
Over my career at Virginia I've proven that I can block anybody, Monroe said Thursday when asked why he should be the draft's No. 1 pick. And I have the determination to improve my game and the ambition to succeed and I'll never stop.