20 Under 25 candidates: Deatrich Wise is one of the Patriots most efficient pass rushers

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The reason we quickly identified Deatrich Wise as a possible fit in the Patriots system before last year's draft was simple: He was coming from a trusted program in the SEC, and he was built like Chandler Jones. 

Those guys, Bill Belichick might say, don't grow on trees. 

While Wise, hasn't been the every-down player that Jones was, he has carved out for himself a regular role as a pass-rusher. As a rookie he had five sacks and 77 percent of his snaps came as a rusher. Now in his second year out of Arkansas, pass-rush rate is 71 percent.

Wise is among New England's most efficient rushers, tied with his college teammate Trey Flowers for the team lead in sacks (4.5). And in terms of overall quarterback pressures, Wise (23 in 337 defensive snaps) trails only Flowers (48 in 549 snaps), Adrian Clayborn (35 in 283 snaps) and Kyle Van Noy (26 in 723 snaps). 

WHERE WISE FINISHED IN PAST 20-UNDER-25 VOTING

  • 2018: 15th

While inconsistencies may prevent Wise from taking on more work at the moment, his length and strength -- which oftentimes allows him to find success against stubbier guards on the interior -- make him a key player along the Patriots front. 

That doesn't mean he's not capable of more. Wise certainly has starting potential, and if Flowers leaves via free agency after the season, then Wise could be expected to help pick up the slack.

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