After selecting offensive lineman Antonio Garcia and defensive end Derek Rivers on day two, the Patriots double-dipped and took another defensive end. That would Deatrich Wise Jr. out of Arkansas University. After taking another Arkansas defensive end in 2015 with Trey Flowers, the Patriots are tapping back in to the Razorback talent pool with Wise.
At 6'5", 274 lbs with 35 and 5/8" inch arm length, Wise has the ideal size and length for the position. In his five season with Arkansas, Wise had 16.5 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss along with four forced fumbles. Wise also had six pass deflections as well over his last two seasons. There is no question about his strength or his effort level as NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said of Wise "his 'try-hard' is never in doubt."
Wise now joins the likes of Rivers, Flowers, Rob Ninkovich and Kony Ealy as the Patriots' core of EDGE rushers. Wise didn't necessarily "light up" the stat sheet as some may have hoped, but he is a very physical pass-rusher. He also has experience playing as a five technique at Arkansas, which means he could line up closer to the ball. That echoes similarity to Flowers' style of play as he also will move inside on certain plays.
Wise will likely see time as a rotational pass-rusher on some snaps for the Patriots in 2017 as he continues to refine his technique and mechanics as well. But his depth will be welcomed with open arms, especially if he can produce anything like his fellow Razorback, Trey Flowers.