Round Five, Pick 149: D.J. Wonnum
A defensive end back to back isn’t surprising and the defensive line needs depth and needs to get younger. Sean McDermott likes bigger defensive ends and in the fifth round he adds two to his already outstanding defense.
D.J. Wonnum is a big defender at 6’5″ and 254 pounds, and he uses that to his advantage. His motor and effort defines his play constantly disrupting the play on those feats alone. Wonnum plays with great leverage not allowing offensive linemen to grab him and lock him up. In 2019, the former Gamecock ended with 37 total tackles and 4.5 sacks with one forced fumble.
Wonnum is inconsistent with most of his plays, but also his technique needs to be redefined, but coaching from Eric Washington can help with that. Fixing his technique and blending that with his effort, he can become a dominant role player for the Bills.
Brandon Beane finds great depth along the defensive line in the fifth round in Wonnum, and with Coe earlier in the round it allows the defense to become younger. Both are players who can bust out of the depth role and become full time players along the line with grooming and Sean McDermott’s guide.