Desjarlais played college football for four years at Windsor’s school in his native Ontario before going on to become a great lineman in the Canadian Football League. He started all 27 games in which he participated for the Lancers between 2015 and 2018 while playing left and right guard.
Desjarlais was a popular target as a result of his play as a dependable and versatile interior offensive lineman, and he was selected fourth overall in the Canadian Football League’s equivalent of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected Desjarlais with the highest draft pick ever for Windsor, and he had an early impact on the team, eventually earning a starting role for the Grey Cup champions.
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season due to COVID-19, he continued his stellar play in 2021 and retired from the league earlier this year with a remarkable resume: 37 regular season and playoff games played, two championships, and West Division all-star honors.
How Good Is Drew Desjarlais?
Desjarlais played the interior offensive line position for four years at Windsor and three in the CFL. He will presumably do the same in the NFL, where he will compete for a backup position behind the trio of David Andrews (center), Cole Strange (guard), and Michael Onwenu (guard). Desjarlais will likely be vying with other candidates for one of the remaining two roster places after the initial three are filled.
Although Desjarlais spent most of his 2021 season as a starter at left guard for the Blue Bombers, he did see action on the right side of the line during his rookie year. Having the versatility to play either guard spot will increase his chances of making the team, but he may also need to master the art of snapping in case of an injury. Desjarlais still possesses the basic adaptability New England is seeking in its offensive lineman.