According to a tweet from Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the New England Patriots will host former North Carolina Central defensive tackle John Drew at minicamp this week. Drew went undrafted in the 2013 draft and could be another one of the Patriots significant free-agent signings if he were to perform well at minicamp. Drew is 6-foot-2 and weighs 330 lbs., a height and weight very similar to Vince Wilfork. He has a 40-time of 5.32, which isn’t great, but his college career showed some promise. In his senior year he played 8 games (starting 7 of them) and had 18 tackles, that included 5 hits for a loss and two blocked kicks before he had a season ending injury. In his junior year he played 10 games (starting 7) and had 24 tackles. Drew appeared to have his best year as a freshman at Duke in 2009 with 12 games, 34 tackles, which included 4 for a loss, 2 pass break-ups, and an assisted sack (source). He left Duke after being kicked off the team for pleading guilty to possessing a firearm on educational property and carrying a concealed weapon (source)
We don’t know much about Drew, but perhaps he could provide some more depth at the defensive line. The Patriots defensive line already looks promising this year with the additions of Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead. Second-year DE Chandler Jones has also added weight this offseason and has said that fans can expect 19 sacks from him in the coming season. Regardless of whether or not the Patriots sign Drew, I am excited to see the defensive play from the Patriots this year.