The Patriots made their first pick on Day 3 of the draft, and it’s Troy offensive lineman Jake Andrews.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder has experience playing at center and right guard and made 38 starts in college. He was projected as a late Day 3 pick with concerns about his athletic limitations and shorter arms. Andrews is regarded as tough, durable and smart.
He was invited to the Senior Bowl, where he faced off against fellow Patriots draftees Keion White and Marte Mapu. Andrews ran a 5.15 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and pushed out a stellar 29 reps of bench press at 225 pounds at his Pro Day.
He could provide immediate depth behind center David Andrews and right guard Mike Onwenu, who is entering a contract year. In college, Andrews played under former Patriots assistant and Troy offensive line coach Cole Popovich.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said after the pick: “He can play any of those three interior offensive line spots. And he’s a baller. When I turn on his tape, this guy’s nasty.”
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