Post Draft Scouting Report: Deatrich Wise Jr, DE

The Patriots double dipped along the defensive line position, but the two players are very different.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am sure many of you have already done some research on all the Patriots draft picks, but since you came here, why not find out a little more. When I saw Wise’s measurables from the Combine, I had a sneaking suspicion that he would be a potential target for the Patriots. These days, the Patriots line up primarily in a nickel sub package, so they need versatile players along the defensive line that can do multiple things and play multiple positions. With their first pick, the Patriots took an Defensive End that excels at getting after the QB and can drop into coverage. With their third pick, they took another Defensive End, but his skill set is very different.

Name: Deatrich (pronounced Dee-trich) Wise Jr.

School: Arkansas

Drafted: 4th round, pick 131 overall

Here is what I said about Wise pre-draft:

Deatrich Wise, Arkansas (6’5″, 274 Lbs.): Wise fits the body type the Patriots look for in their Defensive Ends. To go along with his frame, he boasts really long arms with huge hands and he uses them well. He extends well, keeping defenders off him and directing them where he wants them to go. He has a good first step and a powerful punch to stun lineman, getting them off balance and out of sorts. He is strong at the point of attack and does a nice job setting the edge. Wise is not a great pass rusher. He lacks the necessary change of direction and lower body flexibility to consistently be effective. His pass rush counter moves are undeveloped and he relies purely on his strength to get pressure on the QB. He is a former teammate of current Patriot Defensive End Trey Flowers and the team may want to go to the well one more time after Flowers has shown to play well above his draft slot so far in his young career. Grade: 4th round

The first thing you need to look at in the graphic above is the player comparisons. As you can see, Wise tested out very similarly to former Patriot Chandler Jones. In fact, every player on that list was a target of mine for the Patriots in their respective drafts. From a physical standpoint, Wise appears to have more strength than Jones did coming out of college, but Jones showed more bend as a pass rusher. While I never thought Jones was an elite pass rusher, I still think he is better than Wise will probably ever be. Wise wins with strength and probably will be used similarly to his former Razorback and now Patriot teammate Trey Flowers. Wise will be able to move inside and disrupt plays from the interior in certain packages. He also will excel as a run defender as he does a nice job of setting the edge and shedding his opponent. His length and power are very intriguing and if he can be coached up, he could develop into a very good all around player that can get after the QB as well as be very good against the run. He went right around where I thought he should, so this is a good pick value wise as well as scheme wise. Post Draft Grade: B

4 Responses to “Post Draft Scouting Report: Deatrich Wise Jr, DE”

  1. Glenn says:

    I thought, because of his slower 40 time, would push him more towards the mid 5th – early 6th. round. I did think he would make an NFL team and be a rotational guy. To me, nothing says “starter” to him because of inconsistent play.

    • steve earle says:

      Somewhat agree though I had him higher then you. But as for starter the way Bill used rotating DE’s last year starters were name only it seems to me and Wise should fit that system pretty well. Could we have taken a highly regarded DE early, sure if we hadn’t made all those trades. Still seems like we have a very strong def heading into this season so I’m happy.

  2. steve earle says:

    Love the double dip at DE giving us flexibility and youth both. Both these guys figure to be coachable and should show a nice jump in their 2nd year. I’m expecting both to start making an impact in November this year. Go Pats!

  3. GM-In-Training says:

    I think I am more excited about Wise at DE than Rivers. Wise has the beef to set the edge, the long arms to shed blocks, and just enough explosive power to lunge at the QB from time to time.
    On paper his 40 time and 3-cone time look ok, but unless he develops more flexibility, he doesn’t seem likely to blaze around outside of the Tackles very often.

    Rivers’ traits say OLB to me. He can rush sometimes, but I don’t know if he can really set the edge so well. I suspect Rivers will be quite good at covering TE.

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