Chase Winovich Jersey

Since 2001, the New England Patriots have been the most dominant team in the NFL for many reasons. It all simply comes down to the fact that they thoroughly understand every facet of the game.

No team has been more efficient year-round, and the 2019 NFL Draft was another testimony of that. The Patriots came into the draft with 12 draft picks — which was more than any other team — and they replenished most positions of need.

The No. 77 pick was one that really stood out and could prove to be their most valuable player from the draft. Defensive end Chase Winovich from Michigan is a unique player that could bring a personality and work ethic that thrives in the New England environment.

Winovich is a 6-foot-3, 255 pound defensive end that has an extraordinarily high motor. He isn’t a player that had the most phenomenal numbers on paper, after recording 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in his senior season. He is a player that has the intangibles to thrive in the NFL, and he was fortunately paired up with Bill Belichick as his head coach.

Michigan’s defensive coordinator Don Brown spoke to the Boston Herald on Monday, and believes that Winovich will fit perfectly into Belichick’s system.

“He’s a trip, no question, but he’s a very serious football player,” Brown said. “He’s one of those guys who loves the game, plays the game the right way all the time. You never have to worry about his effort. He’s going to give you everything he’s got . . . I think going into Coach Belichick’s system, this is probably a match made in heaven for him.”

He holds similar characteristics to Rob Gronkowski, who fit perfectly into the system. And, he even has a little tight end experience in his background.

“We stood him up as an outside linebacker. His primary goal was to go hunt the quarterback. But there’s no question, he can drop back and cover,” Brown said. “He has tight end in his background. He has hands, he can catch. This offseason, getting ready for the combine, he trained a lot standing up, dropping into the flat, playing coverage, working on his hands. So he can do those things. We just didn’t ask him. The priority for us was to get him around the quarterback. But he can do it all. There’s no doubt about that.”

The ceiling is so high for Winovich because of his extensive experience on both sides of the ball. Michigan needed him primarily as a pass rusher, so he focused on that one goal and his statistics are a reflection of that. But, Belichick will have the entire offseason to understand Winovich’s game and really expand upon his role. The Patriots want players that can do it all, and he will be an experimental player with many different capabilities.

Not only is Winovich a great athlete that has drive and compassion for the game — but he cares very much about his community. He worked closely with The ChadTough Foundation, and had a goal to raise $15,000. He met the goal, and eventually raised more than $200,000. He wants to make an impact on the community, and the NFL will be the perfect platform.

“I have a vision for making millions for some charity. I want to give back more than just a few hundred thousand. I want to have a real impact on society, and a positive one at that,” Chase said. “I feel like I’ve laid the groundwork and that’s why this process is so exciting for me. I feel like I had kind of a playground where I can experiment and learn about myself in this new role. And I’m studying almost like in the game, like how people treat me versus how they did and what kind of things, just kind of connections and leverages that you can kind of acquire.”

The Patriots found a high-character and talented player that will make a tremendous impact on and off the field with their No. 77 pick. This is just one small story in the incredible journey of Belichick and the New England Patriots.

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