By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
David Andrews is now a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots after an excellent season in 2018. He’s parlaying his rising star into an appearance at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, where the league announced the Patriots’ starting center will announce the team’s selections in the third round.
Check out the full list of special selection announcers at NFL.com. Andrews is among the “players who were drafted in later rounds” who will go to the podium and announce their respective teams’ picks.
Of course, Andrews wasn’t drafted at all. But he’s clearly made the most of his opportunity. The Patriots brought him in as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, and the former Bulldogs center quickly earned the starting job with 11 starts in 14 games as a rookie. He’s missed just two possible starts since then, entrenching himself as the engine in the middle of the Patriots offensive line. He’s been quite the pickup for someone that all 32 teams ignored in the draft.
Armed with three third-round picks, it’s highly likely the Patriots end up making at least one selection that Andrews will announce. It’s possible that they draft someone from his own Georgia Dawgs, a program that the Pats have taken a liking to in recent years. Receiver Mecole Hardman seems like a legitimate possibility for Bill Belichick in the third round.
One of the Patriots’ most consistent players and most likable locker room presences, Andrews certainly earned the opportunity to represent the team at the draft.
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