The Ravens have invited Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe to their rookie minicamp this week on a tryout basis, according to a source.
Monroe went undrafted.
An unconventionally-built defensive lineman at 5-foot-10 and 294 pounds, Monroe leaves Maryland sharing the Terps' all-time record with Mike Corvino with 24 sacks. Monroe also had 39 career tackles for losses. He is highly regarded for his work ethic and character.
Monroe had 20 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for losses in his past 26 games. He finished his career with just 5½ fewer sacks than Aaron Donald had at Pitt, 5½ 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.
Monroe had four more sacks than top-ranked defensive tackle Leonard Williams had at USC.
A second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection who had 56 tackles, including 12 for losses, and 9 ½ 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 is a projected first-round NFL draft pick.
Although undersized, Monroe regularly beat much larger blockers with his quickness, strength and moves. Monroe would establish position with a powerful punch and then either spin around or run through offensive linemen, as shown in this highlight tape.
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 29 ½ 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.
Monroe would ideally be at least a few inches taller, like Donald, who's listed at 6 feet 1, 285 pounds on the Rams' roster and had nine sacks and two forced fumbles last season.
Monroe attended St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., where he was a two-star recruit despite having 61 tackles, including 18 for losses, and being named first-team All-Met as a senior.
The son of a Baltimore City police officer, Monroe has built a reputation as a high-character individual. Monroe graduated from Maryland with a degree in American Studies.