The Patriots have a clear priority on Day 3 of the draft: fortify the interior of their offensive line.
The Pats selected Eastern Michigan left guard Sidy Sow with the 117th overall pick Saturday, their third fourth-round selection. Sow follows Troy offensive lineman Jake Andrews, who went at No. 107, and Maryland kicker Chad Ryland.
Sow stands at 6-foot-4 and 323 pounds. He is one of the draft’s most experienced offensive lineman with 55 career starts and one of its most athletics. He started 44 games at left guard the last four seasons after taking 11 at left tackle in 2018.
Sow was voted to the MAC all-conference first team each of the past two seasons. He is regarded as a powerful run-blocker with strong football intelligence and versatility. He only committed one penalty last season, per The Athletic.
Between his performances at the NFL Combine and his Pro Day, Sow clocked an impressive 5.07 in the 40-yard dash, leapt 32 inches in the vertical jump and recorded 27 bench press reps of 225 pounds. Media analysts see him as a developmental prospect, though Sow will turn 25 in June.
He follows right in line with the rest of the Patriots’ draft class, which is packed with elite athletes for their respective positions.
The Patriots draft so far:
Round 1, pick No. 17: Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez
Round 2, pick No. 46: Georgia Tech DL Keion White
Round 3, pick No. 76: Sacramento State LB Marte Mapu
Round 4, No. 107: Troy center Jake Andrews
Round 4, No. 112: Maryland kicker Chad Ryland
Round 4, No. 117: Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Sidy Sow