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Jaguars Sign First-Round Pick Eugene Monroe

Eugene Monroe, the Jaguars' first-round draft choice from Virginia and the eighth player selected overall in April, signed a contract today with the team. Length and terms of the contract are undisclosed. To make room on the roster for Monroe the Jaguars waived rookie wide receiver Maurice Dupree.

Monroe, 22, was only the second offensive lineman chosen by the Jaguars in the first round in franchise history (Tony Boselli, 1995). He was one of six offensive linemen taken in the first round and third overall.

Monroe, 6-5, 320, was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Cavaliers. He was a recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a senior, given to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators.

He started 12 games in 2008 at left tackle and registered a school-record 105 knockdowns and set an ACC single-season record with 16 touchdown-resulting blocks. He finished with an 88.42 percent blocking consistency. In 2007, he started 11 games and earned first-team All-ACC honors.

A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Monroe is one of 16 children. He was named first-team All-America by USA Today, U.S. Army and Parade Magazine as an offensive lineman at Plainfield High School.

Monroe is expected to join the team today for the club's evening practice at 7:00 p.m.

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