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Chase Winovich at a glance

Michigan’s Chase Winovich resembles another edge rusher — Clay Matthews.
Michigan’s Chase Winovich resembles another edge rusher — Clay Matthews.darron cummings/Associated Press/Associated Press

Pick: Third round, 77th overall

Position: Defensive Lineman

College: Michigan

Height: 6-3; Weight: 256

OVERVIEW

While teammates Rashan Gary and Devin Bush generated most of the buzz, Winovich might have been Michigan’s most dependable defender.

He capped his career with the Wolverines by earning All-American honors, posting 69 tackles, including 17 for loss, and 5 sacks. Anyone would be proud of those numbers, but they were actually a slight drop from 2017, when his 18 tackles for loss paced the Big Ten, along with 77 overall tackles and 8 sacks — more than either Gary or 2018 Oakland Raiders’ draft pick Maurice Hurst, Jr., who each had 5.5.

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With long-flowing hair and kamikaze playing style, it is easy to see why scouts traveling through Ann Arbor have compared him to longtime NFL standout edge rusher Clay Matthews. Whether attacking out of the two- or three-point stance, Winovich has the look of a future difference-maker in the NFL, just as he was for the Wolverines.

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