Michigan DC Don Brown on Chase Winovich’s strengths, weaknesses, and how he’ll fit with Patriots

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You want to know just how much Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown loves talking about Chase Winovich? He’ll call you back while on safari in South Africa to talk about the edge defender who was taken in the third round by the Patriots late last month.

Brown, who has been with the Wolverines for the last three seasons, admittedly has some biases in play when it comes to the wild-haired defender. But from halfway around the world on Wednesday, he told in no uncertain terms what sort of player the Patriots are getting when it comes to the 6-foot-3, 256-pounder.

“There’s no one who will give more, try harder, or compete harder than he will,” Brown said of Winovich. “He has a tremendous skill set, and I think the ability to show some positional flexibility will be good for him. He could rush the passer or play the run game from a defensive end position, or as an outside linebacker. I get that it’ll probably be more as an outside linebacker in the pros. We didn’t ask him to do that all that much.

“My thing as a defensive coordinator? The more he was chasing the quarterback, the better off we were.”

More of a pass rusher than anything, Winovich was full-tilt, straight-ahead, all the time at Michigan. He'll have to learn some of the