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Will the Skins take a chance with another 4-3 defensive end convert in Chase Winovich

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects who could contribute to the Redskins

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Chase Winovich, EDGE
School: Michigan | Conference: Big Ten
College Experience: RS Senior | Age:
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 255 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd round
NFL Comparison: Markus Golden

Player Overview

Chase Winovich began his career as a TE before transitioning to 4-3 defensive end where he played for three years. Per interview below, he worked his way from 205 lbs as a freshman to over 250 lbs by the end of his collegiate career. His collegiate sack numbers are relatively modest; his highest stat total was 8.5 in 2017, but he also accrued 19.0 tackles for loss in 2017 and 15.0 in 2018.

Strengths

  • Lives in the offensive backfield
  • Great at pursuing ball carriers.
  • Gives full effort every play
  • Vicious hands
  • Attacks offensive lineman relentlessly
  • Great character (see interview)

Weaknesses

  • Not the most creative or efficient rusher.
  • Gets too drawn into misdirection plays in the backfield
  • Can get too lost in his intensity
  • Not much tape of Winovich in pass coverage
  • Doesn’t disengage well

Tapes:

Vs. Notre Dame:

Vs. Penn State:

Interview with Rich Eisen (via Rich Eisen Show):

How does he fit with the Redskins?

Winovich provides needed depth along the EDGE if the Skins prefer to focus heavy on offense early in the draft. While he’s not a burner, Winovich did run a sub-4.6 40-yard dash. Winvoch adds good depth to the EDGE position if Washington focuses their first two selections on offense. Winovich can develop into a starter within a year or two. With the intensity he plays with, he can make an immediate impact as a rookie on defense or special teams. He’s the type of hard nose, blue-collar personality that would make him a favorite among coaches and plays with the type of intensity to be a fan-favorite.