The Patriots make a pick: Michigan DE Chase Winovich 77th overall.
Quick bio: While teammates Rashan Gary and Devin Bush generated most of the buzz, Winovich might have been Michigan’s most dependable defender.
He capped his career with the Wolverines by earning All-American honors, posting 69 tackles, including 17 for loss and 5.0 sacks. Anyone would be proud of those numbers, but they were actually a slight drop from 2017, when his 18 tackles for loss paced the Big Ten, along with 77 overall tackles and 8.0 sacks - more than either Gary or Oakland Raiders’ draft pick Maurice Hurst, Jr., who each had 5.5.
With long-flowing hair and kamikaze playing style, it is easy to see why scouts traveling through Ann Arbor have compared him to longtime NFL standout edge rusher Clay Matthews. Whether attacking out of the two- or three-point stance, Winovich has the look of a future difference-maker in the NFL, just as he was for the Wolverines.
Analysis: A master at guessing the snap count, Winovich is quick enough to cross the face of tackles and make plays off the edge and excels on counter-moves.
He is an effective bull rusher, showing impressive functional power and pad level to get underneath and drive back much larger opponents. His best attribute are his hands, which are spinning cinder blocks that help him quickly chop through the efforts of tackles to latch onto him.
Winovich compensates for his straight-line style with anticipation and vision, adjusting angles in pursuit with a high-revving, almost maniacal manner sure to win over coaches. Routinely chases plays from the backside, often 10-plus yards downfield. Physical wrap-up tackler who can separate the ball from the ballcarrier when he has a runway. Length and strength show up as a tackler. — First Level Media