3 quick thoughts on Patriots third-round pick DE Chase Winovich

Ryan Hannable
April 26, 2019 - 10:22 pm

FOXBORO -- After making another trade with the Bears at No. 73 overall and including a sixth-rounder to acquire pick Nos. 87, 162 and a 2020 fourth round pick, the Patriots made a pick at No. 77 overall.

With that pick, they selected Michigan edge rusher Chase Winovich.

The four-year player had a monster last two seasons where he had 73 tackles, including 19 for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017, and then last fall finished with 59 tackles, 15.5 for loss and five sacks.

Here are three quick thoughts on the edge rusher.

-- In high school, he played linebacker and quarterback at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pennsylvania, and then chose Michigan over several schools, including Ohio State, the school he grew up loving. It's said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke was the biggest factor in him making that decision.

-- The edge rusher had a reputation for being one of the most passionate players in all of college football. “I’m so passionate," he said at the combine. "Any time you show emotion it can be misconstrued as he’s not in control. I feel like there’s one thing to be like a James Bond cool. And there’s another to be warm and not hot where you’re uncontrolled and you don’t know what you’re doing. Most of what I do is pretty methodic. The stuff at Michigan State and coming out and saying, ‘Oh, Little Brother’ that was a direct response, preplanned. That was a coordinated thing. I’m emotional but I’m not temperamental. There’s a balance that you need to find. I’m very passionate about football. I want to be the best." 

-- Winovich is very involved in charity work. He's worked with The ChadTough Foundation where he has increased awareness about Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). In December of 2017, he and several of his teammates and coaches dyed their hair orange for the 2018 Outback Bowl in order to raise over $200,000.

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