Chase Winovich

Michigan
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
PA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
256 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.75
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 3 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.59u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.94
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.11
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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When Winovich was in junior high, he tripped over a garbage bag on his front step and suffered a fractured skull and subdural hematoma due to the fall. He survived that accident to become a top-notch high school player in Pennsylvania (13 sacks as a senior). After redshirting the 2014 season and playing in six games as a reserve in 2015 (two tackles), Winovich became a factor on defense for the Wolverines as a sophomore with 35 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and five sacks in 13 games (two starts). Big Ten coaches named him second-team all-conference in 2017, when he compiled 77 tackles, a conference-best 18 for loss, and eight sacks. He completed his Michigan career in style, starting all 13 games and earning third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press and first-team All-Big Ten notice. He led the Blue and Gold with 17 tackles for loss among his 69 total stops, five of which went for sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Markus Golden
Overview
Physical edge defender who plays the game like he has zombie blood pumping through his veins. Winovich is relentless, determined and takes no plays off, but his lack of physical traits and explosiveness as a rusher could limit his upside. Scheme fit could determine his role as 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 rush linebacker, but his football character and physicality improve his odds for success as an eventual starter.
Strengths
  • Rabid, physical play demeanor
  • Fueled by a chip on his shoulder and a gas tank full of energy
  • Good first-step quickness
  • Punches and works to the edge for quick discards at point of attack
  • Seamless inside attacks to disrupt as one-gapper
  • Plays his role in the scheme and willing to do dirty work
  • Urgent feet and good pursuit mobility
  • Slams into ball carriers and tries to leave a mark
  • Adequate upfield rush burst
  • Challenges edge with forward lean and swatting hands
  • Decent flexion to rip and bend edge
  • Slides to inside counter without slowing
  • Feet won't allow him to linger as a rusher
Weaknesses
  • Hard-charging style dulls awareness and instincts
  • Tendency to play through a straw and lose sight of the ball
  • Attacks feet first, hands second too often
  • Lacks effective counter to disengage once he gets wired up
  • Just average in setting edge and containing outside runs
  • Tackles can reach and cave him
  • Plays a little flat-footed in space
  • Could face challenge if forced into 3-4 OLB role
  • Kamikaze rush approach limits timing for counters
  • Needs to fine-tune more efficient path to quarterback
  • His transitions inside the rush lack fluidity.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league