The NFL draft is set for April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn., and each morning we’ll look at a player on the Falcons’ draft board.
Michigan linebacker Chase Winovich is a projected third-round pick who’s had a top-30 private visit with the Falcons.
The Winovich file:
Weight: 256 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Bench: 225 pounds 18 times
Vertical: 30.5 inches
10-yard split: 1.57 seconds
20-yard: 2.69 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 6.94 seconds
Broad Jump: 9-feet, 8-inches
Five questions with Winovich
Q: What have teams said they like about your tape?
A: The first thing that pops up on everybody’s list is just like how hard I work and my play style and never taking a play off.
Q: What do you attribute your relentless style to?
A: Honestly, for me it’s a combination of being physically able to. I don’t know if I have more lung capacity than other people, just like being able to handle the breathing and not getting too fatigued. Really, it goes back to a mindset.
Q: What are you intangibles?
A: I felt like I could do little stuff really well. I’m a very consistent practice player. I’m durable. There’s a quote from coach (Jim) Harbaugh, ‘The injured, the unwilling,’ something along those lines, eventually they all look alike after a while. I fumbled that quote, but they all look alike after a while. To me that’s an important intangible.
Q: What is your draft expectation?
A: I’ve heard end of the first to the third round. Whoever loves me the most, I know what they’re going to get, and I think they know what they’re going to get as well.
Q: What defensive front do you fit in?
A: I’m most comfortable going into the NFL as a 4-3 defensive end, just because that’s what I’ve done most of, but to be honest, I’ve viewed playing standup is how I got my start. I was a standup edge rusher in (the) cheetah package, which is marquee rush package. So, I was standing up there.
OTHERS ON THE FALCONS DRAFT BOARD
ATLANTA FALCONS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
Round 1, No. 14 overall
Round 2, No. 45 overall
Round 3, No. 79 overall
Round 4, No. 117 overall
Round 4, No. 137 overall (compensatory)
Round 5, No. 152 overall
Round 5, No. 172 overall (compensatory)
Round 6, No. 186 overall
Round 7, No. 230 overall