JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars got a little more help for their rebuilding project.
GM Dave Caldwell traded left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday night for three third-day draft picks, making the first of what is surely to be several personnel moves involving one of the team's most high-profile players. According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will now have 11 picks in the 2014 draft.
The trade means rookie first-round pick Luke Joeckel will move from right tackle to left tackle, the position he played at Texas A&M. Only nine of former general manager Gene Smith's 24 draft picks remain with the team.
Monroe, who is in the final year of his contract, told O'Halloran and the Associated Press that he was looking forward to a fresh start and that he had no ill feelings toward the Jaguars or Caldwell.
While the trade is certainly beneficial for the Jaguars, it's also a good deal for the Ravens, writes ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley. Their offensive line has struggled and Monroe is a significant upgrade from Bryant McKinnie.
Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:
The Jaguars will induct former quarterback Mark Brunell into the Pride of the Jaguars. He joins former offensive tackle Tony Boselli, former running back Fred Taylor and former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver in the team's hall of fame.
O'Halloran provides a statistical recap of the first month of the season in his weekly Inside the Game feature.
Here's a roundup of items from this blog: a scouting report on the St. Louis Rams; the Jaguars are No. 32 (again) in the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings; the weekly ranking of the Jaguars' top 10 playmakers, which this time includes a special guest.