Maryland defensive lineman Andre Monroe tries out for Chargers

Former Maryland defensive lineman Andre Monroe is trying to earn a roster spot, trying out for NFL teams.

One week after trying out for the Ravens at their rookie minicamp, former Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe auditioned for the San Diego Chargers at their rookie minicamp.

Monroe wasn't immediately signed to a contract after being one of 15 players to work out for the Chargers on a tryout basis.

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.”

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