Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) before the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Jacksonville Jaguars Select…

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….Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State.

Werner is an interesting pick at number two in the draft.  But while I am a little hung up on picking him this early, I really don’t see it being that bad – especially if Werner has a good combine.

The guy plays much bigger than a guy who has only been at this for half a decade.  Source:  Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Werner comes from Berlin, Germany and has made American Football his plaything.  He is the ACC’s defensive player of the year and clearly outshines the competition arounds him.  Werner not only has a reputation as a good pass rusher (a major need for the Jags) but also as a run stopper.  The latter is something 2012 second round pick Andre Branch needs work on (though he has been better than expected in year one).  Werner started playing football at age 15 and since then he has learned how to play quite well.  Only having a few years of experience with the sport, he had offers from Oregon and Florida State entering college.  Choosing Florida State, Werner never looked back.  He racked up 23.5 sacks, 97 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss, and a decent 17 passes defensed.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports says of Werner that he compares to  “Chris Long, Rams — Listed at 6-4 and 256 pounds, Werner isn’t a flashy athlete, but his play and skill-set are very reminiscent of Long, who was drafted second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.”  If Werner produces anything close to what Long has been doing in St. Louis, then he would be well worth the pick at number two.

What do you guys think?

- Luke N. Sims

 

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  • Zain Gowani

    I wouldn’t mind it. I think among the hype of some of the other defensive ends, Werner gets a little overlooked, but he seems like a solid player to me, if he has the frame to put on a little more weight to become a force in the NFL. Plus, who doesn’t want a guy named Bjoern on there team?
    Of the DEs though, my current choice would be Moore. What he’s done in his first year as a 4-3 DE is quite impressive, and if you look at his stats as 3-4 OLB, he was clearly productive at that position as well. You even saw him move inside on some third downs to rush, although he’ll likely do less of that in the NFL. He’s strong, athletic, well-polished, and consistent. Despite only one year at the position, he’s the most well-balanced and safest 4-3 DE in my eyes – and that’s not a bad thing. In this DE end class, you’ve got everything you could ask for – the athletic freak guys that ooze potential (Mingo, Jordan, Ansah), the complete package types (Moore, maybe Werner), and the I’m just going to out-hustle you types (Montgomery, Werner also). Can’t wait for draft season!

    • LukeNSims

      After not taking Andy Dalton and seeing Andre Branch play for a season, I’ll take a more polished project over potential for a little bit. But hey, some guys prove me wrong.

      • http://twitter.com/dlago89 Daniel Lago

        I have a feeling whoever the new coach+GM are will fall in love with Geno Smith during the draft process and he’s gonna be the guy. If not, it’s gonna be one of these awesome pass rushers, and Werner looks like he’s just getting his legs under him.

  • jvillenole

    I would be all for Werner. The guy reminds me of JJ Watt.