April 20, 2002

Derrius Monroe, defensive end, Virginia Tech

#13 - Seventh Round (224th Overall)

DE Derrius Monroe, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 269

An athletic but troubled player who had some serious problems with the law, including being suspended for the entire 2000 season for felony possession of cocaine.

After VT suspended Monroe for the season, the judge dropped the charges. Monroe languished on the practice squad the entire season. When he returned to the team in 2001, his fifth year at Virginia Tech, he was unable to break into the starting lineup but got considerable playing time. Finished his senior season with 44 tackles, two sacks and 11 pressures. He drew the praise of the coaching staff for his tireless work ethic and non-stop motor.

Excellent speed (4.56 in the 40) for a player his size. Ran a 4.53 at the combine and impressed many enough to have a shot at the middle rounds of the draft. Very good upper body strength (25 reps of 225).

Actually has a shot of making the final roster if he keeps his act together, adds some bulk and technique, and convinces the Saints to keep 8 defensive linemen.

A true potential and project pick but a guy who has both the power and moves to rush the passer. Has played both defensive end and tackle, could play both at the pro level.

Monroe's chief competition for the final spot on the roster will be DE Jermaine Miles, who is playing in NFL Europe right now.

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