New England Patriots

Center Jake Andrews during a Troy football game at Ole Miss. (Troy Athletics)

The Patriots spent the first two days and three rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft picking on the defensive side of the ball. For their first pick of Day 3, they made their first offensive selection.

With the 107th pick in the draft, at the top of the fourth round, the Patriots took center Jake Andrews out of Troy. He’s the second Patriots draft pick from Troy in the Bill Belichick era, following tackle Antonio Garcia who the team took in the third round in 2017.

  • Andrews comes into the NFL with a ton of experience. He was a three-year starter at Troy, making 37 career starts. After two years as a right guard, he moved to center last year and was named first-team All-Sun Belt.

    In college, Andrews was coached by Cole Popovich last season. Popovich joined the Troy staff after spending five years on the Patriots’ coaching staff, and was the co-offensive line coach in 2020.

    At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, Andrews is a technically-sound blocker. He’s a strong player who holds his own against bigger defensive linemen, but does struggle with speed rushers at times.

  • Andrews will come in and compete for the backup center job behind David Andrews. Other players in line for that job are veteran James Ferentz and 2022 UDFA Kody Russey. The incumbent, David Andrews, will turn 31 this summer and is under contract through 2024.

    This pick was the first of nine scheduled selections for the Patriots on Saturday. They’ll be back on the clock at 117th overall.

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