Fifty-five defenders selected in the 2019 NFL draft have been credited with at least half of a sack over the regular seasons since then, according to Pro Football Reference.
New England Patriots outside linebacker Chase Winovich has been credited with a total of 11.
Pick No. 77 overall out of Michigan is among seven prospects from his class to reach double digits in the league. Behind him stands Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones with 10 as a Denver Bronco. All but one of those standing ahead saw their cards filled out in April’s opening round.
LSU’s Devin White sits there with 11.5 sacks as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. The same goes for Kentucky’s Josh Allen with 13 as a Jacksonville Jaguar, Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat with 16 as a member of the Washington Football Team and Florida State’s Brian Burns with 16.5 as a Carolina Panther. Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby, taken on the draft’s final day, leads the way with 17 as a Las Vegas Raider.
But there are other names involved with the numbers. There are the quarterbacks.
Here’s the list Winovich has had a hand in sacking through age 25.
QUARTERBACKS SACKED BY WINOVICH
- Ryan Fitzpatrick: 0.5 — Sept. 15, 2019
- Josh Rosen: 1 — Sept. 15, 2019
- Luke Falk: 0.5 — Sept. 22, 2019
- Josh Allen: 1 — Sept. 29, 2019
- Colt McCoy: 1 — Oct. 6, 2019
- Baker Mayfield: 0.5 — Oct. 27, 2019
- Deshaun Watson: 1 — Dec. 1, 2019
- Russell Wilson: 0.5 — Sept. 20, 2020
- Derek Carr: 1 — Sept. 27, 2020
- Patrick Mahomes: 1 — Oct. 5, 2020
- Kyler Murray: 1 — Nov. 29, 2020
- Sam Darnold: 2 — Jan. 3, 2021
It includes a dozen different names through 32 games.
Splits with past and present teammates in Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, Adam Butler and Derek Rivers have been logged. As have 80 combined lost yards and a forced fumble that New England captain Lawrence Guy recovered.
Winovich tallied 5.5 sacks during his rookie regular season while rotating in for 29 percent of the defensive snaps. The Wolverines product led the Patriots with as many as a sophomore, despite droughts that spanned six games and four games, while playing 58 percent between roles on the line and off of it.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen would be the initial quarterbacks for Winovich in what became a 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins a pair of Septembers ago. Encounters with Pro Bowlers, All-Pros and an MVP followed. And in January’s 28-14 win over the New York Jets, Sam Darnold would be the most recent QB on a pair of occasions.
“Chase plays hard all the time,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said after the campaign’s finale at Gillette Stadium. “Usually plays all four phases of the kicking game. Sometimes we pull him off one, but usually at least three phases, a lot of times four. He’s a kid that has a lot of versatility for us. Certainly the pass rush, that was good for us today.”
As part of New England’s pass rush, Winovich has been charted by Pro Football Focus for 11 hits and 44 hurries. He’s jotted down 50 solo tackles, an interception and a touchdown to go with it during his tenure.
And a growing list.