Firing out of a three-point stance, former Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe busted into the backfield during the Ravens' rookie minicamp.
Now, Monroe is hoping he has done enough to be earn a contract after competing this weekend on a tryout basis.
"I'm getting into the groove, learning the system," Monroe said. "I'm giving 100 percent effort. After that, it's going to be whatever it's going to be. I just hope they give me a job."
The Ravens currently have the maximum of 90 players on their roster, so they would have to cut a player to create a spot for Monroe. The Ravens also tried out Maryland center Sal Conaboy, Maine defensive back Khari Al-Mateen (Poly), Eastern Kentucky fullback Channing Fugate, Rhode Island linebacker Andrew Bose, Purdue cornerback Antoine Lewis, Wyoming defensive tackle Patrick Mertens, Harvard defensive back Norman Hayes, James Madison wide receiver Daniel Brown, Thomas More running back Domonique Hayden, USC safety Gerald Bowman and Delaware wide receiver Andrew Opoku. Brown caught the football well.
Undersized at 5 feet 10 and 294 pounds, Monroe went undrafted after recording 25 career sacks to set the Terps' all-time record. The Washington, D.C., native and St. John's College High School graduate also had 39.5 career tackles for loss.
Monroe had 20 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for loss in his past 26 games. He finished his career with just 5.5 fewer sacks than Aaron Donald had at Pitt, 5.5 sacks more than New York Jets defensive tackle and former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson had at Missouri, four more sacks than Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had at Alabama and the same number of sacks that Miami Dolphins star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recorded at Nebraska.
A second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection who had 56 tackles, including 12 for loss, and 9.5 sacks last season for the Terps, Monroe had six tackles and a half-sack while competing against Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff last season. Scherff was the Washington Redskins' first-round pick.
Despite all of his accomplishments and a strong Pro Day workout during which he bench-pressed 225 pounds 29 times, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds, had a 29½-inch vertical leap, a 9-5 broad jump, a 4.41 20-yard shuttle and a 7.66 three-cone drill, Monroe is aware his height is an obstacle for him to overcome with NFL scouts.
"Everyone talks about the trenches being all about leverage," Monroe said. "Given my height, I automatically have natural leverage. The offensive linemen have to lower their pad level to get down to my level. They lose power and speed doing that. I take advantage of that. I'm short and powerful and fast and I give a lot of guys headaches."
If the Ravens don't sign Monroe to a contract, he's heard from the San Diego Chargers about attending their rookie minicamp next week.
"I did everything I could out there," Monroe said. "It's just a waiting game now."