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2017 Draft Profile: Gavin Andrews

Can the versatile lineman make an NFL roster?

NCAA Football: Oregon at Oregon State
Gavin Andrews anchored a Beaver offensive line that averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
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2017 NFL DRAFT PROFILE

  • NAME: Gavin Andrews
  • POSITION: Guard/Center
  • HT/WT: 6’5’’/334
  • BENCH REPS 225#: 25

2016 STATS (SENIOR SEASON)

Starts - 12 (three at right guard, nine at center)


Over the course of his up and down career, Gavin Andrews demonstrated himself as an adaptable offensive lineman. He had 22 career starts at FOUR of the five lineman spots, showcasing himself as a versatile player. However, illness and injuries put him through adversity during his time in Corvallis.

He started his career at Oregon State in 2012 as one of five true freshmen to see playing time, mostly on special teams. Expectations were high going into his sophomore year as it was predicted he would become the starter at right tackle with his strength and size, but in an unfortunate event, he contracted mono during fall camp and missed the first four games. During his junior year he broke through the starting lineup for 10 games (at three positions), but missed two due to an ankle injury. Attrition hit again when he had to take a redshirt year after injuring his foot in the 2015 Spring Game. Finally healthy this past year, he started the first three games at right guard before the offensive line was reshuffled with the return of Sean Harlow. The new arrangement placed Andrews at center, and then paced the Beavers for a single season record 5.2 yards per carry.

After his final season, Andrews got to showcase his talent at the East-West Shrine game. During the week’s practices, Tony Pauline at draftanalyst.com praised the big man on his strength with blocking and his snaps from center, but also noted his poor agility.

Lance Zierlein at NFL.com highlighted Andrew’s size, strong base to block straight on, and his ability to play at center or guard. He critiqued the lineman’s speed and stiffness, calling him “just a mauler”.

CBSSports.com lists Andrews as the 24th best center and 711st player in this year’s draft, meaning that it’s likely his best shot making a team will be via the free agent route. Considering his ability to play multiple positions, strength, and size, it can be expected that he’ll get a call from somewhere to show up and demonstrate what he can do.

Below are a couple videos highlighting the offensive line during the games against California and Washington. For a player that only started nine games at center (Cal and UW being his second and fourth respective starts), he snapped the ball well and could shield runners from linebackers (or the sun) if he got up to the second level. As noted by the experts above, he blocks well when attacked from the front but lacks speed while pulling to the edge.

Gavin Andrew’s “2017 NFL Draft Player Profile” is the fifth in our series chronicling Oregon State’s six NFL Draft prospects in the days leading up to Thursday night’s NFL Draft. The rest will be released in the following order on the following days: