FOXBORO -- Trey Flowers helped show Deatrich Wise the way at Arkansas. Now the two will team up again in New England on the Patriots defensive line.
"It was a great relationship, an older brother type relationship," Wise said of Flowers. "He was a mentor to me throughout his last three years and my first three years.
"He taught me how to do certain things. He taught me how to watch film. Taught me how to play certain positions and on top of all that just the mind to play and the mindset you have to have to go into a game, go into a practice, go into life. I have a great relationship with Trey and am looking forward to meeting him up there and work with him."
Wise referred to his playing style as "relentless" in his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters on Saturday, which brought back memories of Flowers' first interactions with reporters in New England after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2015. It was then that Flowers compared his approach to the game with that of Adam Sandler's character in Waterboy, a crazed linebacker named Bobby Boucher.
Flowers is a different type of defensive end -- he checks in at 6-foot-2, 260 pounds while Wise is 6-5, 274 -- but he was the team's top pass-rusher last season and he's been dubbed "Technique" by teammates for his ability to break down offensive linemen.
Wise's frame actually makes him more of a Chandler Jones-type up front for Bill Belichick. Jones was a first-round pick in 2012, but in terms of their physical traits the two are quite similar.
Deatrich Wise: 6-foot-5, 274...35.5-in arms...10.5-in hands— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) April 29, 2017
Chandler Jones (in '12): 6-foot-5, 266...35.5-in arms...9.75-in hands (1/2)
Wise: 4.92 40, 22 bench reps, 33in vert, 125in broad, 7.07 3-cone— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) April 29, 2017
Jones: 4.87 40, 22 bench reps, 35in vert, 120in broad, 7.07 3-cone (2/2)
Wise seemed open to Jones comparisons when the topic came up on Saturday's conference call with members of the media.
"Yes, I have watched him a few times," Wise said. "I was also compared to him by a few people. Similar body style. Similar play style. We have long arms, we’re real good with our first step. Great turn around the edge rushing the passer. He’s a relentless, aggressive player that I model my game similar to his."
Trey Flowers . . . Chandler Jones . . . If the Patriots can come away with a fourth-rounder who produces anywhere near where those two have, they'll be thrilled.