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The New England Patriots selected Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich with the 77th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night. The Patriots acquired pick 77 from the Seattle Seahawks along with pick 118 in exchange for pick 64.
At 6-foot-3 and 256 pounds with a relentless motor, Winovich has good size and burst as an edge rusher and could help the Patriots quickly as a rotational piece. He may never be strong enough to set the edge against the run on early downs, but he has big potential in the pass-rushing department.
Winovich has been lauded for his energy and competitive fire, making him a good fit for what Bill Belichick looks for in the Patriots’ locker room culture.
As a senior at Michigan, Winovich made 5 sacks and 59 total tackles, 15.5 of which went for a loss. He earned third team All-American and first team All-Big 10 honors. His 19 tackles for loss in 2017 led the Big 10.
The Patriots had a need for an edge rusher after losing Trey Flowers in free agency. Winovich should have a chance to develop into a good pass-rushing threat at the NFL level. He’s the kind of player who Belichick loves to coach.
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