Michigan NFL Draft Spotlight: Chase Winovich

This is the third of a series of stories on Michigan football players and how their play could translate in the NFL

Chase Winovich has never been super highly touted. Unlike Rashan Gary, who was the No. 1 recruit in the country, Winovich was the No. 299 recruit according to 247 Sports. Every single year he has improved his stock with his play on the field.

ProFootballFocus.com's Josh Liskiewitz sits down with me and gives his thoughts and draft grades for the Michigan players.

Chase Winovich: 1st Round (Mid to Late)

Winovich has performed brilliantly through the first four weeks, Liskiewitz said.

“I think that he is playing himself into the first round. I really do. He was quietly outstanding in 2016 in the reps that he had. He was one of the top two or three pass rushers in the country in terms of productivity. Nick Bosa being number one and you could argue that he was number two off the edge. If he keeps this up it’s going to be hard to keep him out of the first round. He’s just been so productive.”

Michigan has tried Winovich out at a couple of different spots even though he will play on the edge in the NFL.

“He’s played some five-technique, that’s not something he’s ever going to be asked to do at the NFL level but at the same time he’s been able to physically hold up there, taking on blockers a little bit more.”

Winovich has all of the tools in the bag.

“He’s got moves to the edge, speed and flexibility he’s got all of that, I just think that he has shown so much and assuming that he stays healthy he’s going to have three years of huge, highly productive film. I think that he is going to be a first rounder.”

For Winovich, the combine is going to be more about not screwing up than blowing people out of the water.

“I’m just throwing a number out there but if he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash and had a 32 inch vertical or something, that’s fine by me. I don’t need anything crazy. Now if he is super slow and runs 5.0 or something like that, okay fine the NFL is going to take a look at that, but I don’t think that is going to be the case with him.”

“I think in general that is how the combine should be used. It can break ties, it can also point out guys who are outliers.”

Winovich has the athletic measurables of a player who would typically go in the second or third round, but his on field play has been so strong it has gotten him into the conversation of being a first rounder.

“I don’t know that you’re going to get a 4.5 40-yard dash out of him at the combine but what I do know is that his ability to constantly get off blocks with speed, with quickness, with hand usage, with power, all of that shows that he has the athleticism, the skill set, to succeed at the next level.”