Chase Winovich might be getting a haircut when joining the Patriots |

Chase Winovich might be getting a haircut when joining the Patriots

Frank Carnevale
In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Michigan’s Chase Winovich reacts during an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill. The senior defensive end is the top player on the nation’s top-ranked defense.

Chase Winovich, Jefferson Hills native, is headed to the New England Patriots but he might be getting a haircut when he gets there.

Winovich, a Thomas Jefferson graduate who was an outside linebacker at Michigan, was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Patriots in the third round (No. 77 overall) on Friday night.

After the second day of the NFL Draft, Nick Caserio, Patriots’ director of player personnel, talked about why they drafted Winovich and made a funny comment about his long hair:

“He’s a pretty instinctive guy, good with his hands, pretty good technique. He’s been productive over the course of a couple years now,” Caserio said.

“And he’s got long hair, which I’m sure everybody will enjoy — until we tell him to cut it.”

The Patriots posted a clip of Winovich — and his long locks — getting the call from coach Bill Belichick.

Winovich seems to be all in on doing what he needs to do to make it in the NFL.

“I’m speechless,” Winovich told reporters on a call Friday night according to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s a great honor and I’m just very lucky. I feel very blessed, surrounded by my closest family and friends, just a very lucky position I’m in.”

Winovich is the first Thomas Jefferson graduate drafted into the NFL since Penn State offensive lineman Tyler Reed, a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2006.

Other Thomas Jefferson grads to reach the NFL were offensive lineman Lucas Nix and defensive back Dom DeCicco, both of whom played at Pitt.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

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