UM’s Wi­novich stirs in­ter­est of pro scouts

The Detroit News - - Sports - BY JUSTIN ROGERS The De­troit News

Allen Park — Each Satur­day dur­ing the col­lege foot­ball sea­son, we’ll high­light five prospects with lo­cally tele­vised matchups who could be a fit for the De­troit Lions in the 2019 NFL Draft, based on pro­jected needs.

Ev­ery week, the list will aim to high­light early-, mid- and late-round prospects. .

Chase Wi­novich, DE, Michi­gan

No. 15 Wis­con­sin at No. 12 Michi­gan, 7:30 p.m., ABC

With a re­lent­less mo­tor, Wi­novich has al­ready racked up 9.5 tack­les for loss in 2018, a year af­ter tal­ly­ing 19.

It’s a stretch to believe he’ll be­come any­thing more than an av­er­age pass rusher as a pro, but he should pro­vide enough juice in that de­part­ment to com­ple­ment his solid run-stop­ping abil­ity from the edge.

Al­bert Ok­wueg­bunam, TE, Mis­souri

Mis­souri at No. 1 Alabama, 7 p.m., ESPN

The 6-foot-5, 260 pound Ok­wueg­bunam might be the na­tion’s best tight end prospect, and that’s a po­si­tion the Lions def­i­nitely need to up­grade this off­sea­son.

Damien Har­ris, RB, Alabama

Mis­souri at No. 1 Alabama, 7 p.m., ESPN

Har­ris is av­er­ag­ing 7.2 yards per carry the past three sea­sons. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder has shown some un­tapped po­ten­tial as a pass-catcher, with 40 grabs in 45 games.

Tyler Clark, DT, Ge­or­gia

No. 2 Ge­or­gia at No. 13 LSU, 3:30 p.m, CBS

A well-rounded in­te­rior line­man, the 300-pound Clark has proven strong enough to han­dle dou­ble teams in the SEC, while also show­ing the abil­ity to pen­e­trate, record­ing 2.5 sacks last sea­son.

Byron Mur­phy, CB, Washington

No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Ore­gon, 3:30 p.m, ABC

Mur­phy is on the slen­der side, listed at 5-foot-11, 183 pounds. That could prove prob­lem­atic when sup­port­ing the run. But in cov­er­age, the ball skills are un­de­ni­able. In six games this sea­son, he’s bro­ken up nine passes.

David Gu­ral­nick/De­troit News

Michi­gan de­fen­sive end Chase Wi­novich, right, has 9.5 tack­les for loss this sea­son. The se­nior reg­is­tered 19 tack­les for loss last sea­son.

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