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INSTANT REACTION: DE BJOERN WERNER CHOSEN WITH THE NO. 24 PICK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 25, 2013 – 11:15 pm

The mock drafts leading up to Thursday night’s NFL Draft seemed to pinpoint Florida State’s cornerback Xavier Rhodes to the Indianapolis Colts.

FSU was the school of choice for Indianapolis but Bjoern Werner is the name Colts fans will be getting familiar with over the immediate future.

How does this pick impact the Colts?

A native of Germany, Werner first began playing football at the age of 15 and grew into a premier prospect while playing for one of the nation’s top defenses.

The Colts are getting a physical 266-pound defender that has the ability to play outside linebacker or defensive end at the next level.

Werner had 20 sacks during his final two seasons at Florida State, while starting 27 games, and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he sees him playing outside linebacker at the next level.

The addition of Werner gives the Colts another quality body in the front seven of the defense, joining free agents Aubrayo Franklin, Rick Jean-Francois. and Erik Walden.

Werner had 16 pass breakups the last two seasons and Pagano said his ball skills were something him and Ryan Grigson were impressed with when evaluating the All-American in person.

When looking at tape, Grigson talked about how he always saw Werner getting an excellent jump off the ball.

The fact that Pagnao watched Werner in person should speak volumes to the type of player the Colts are getting. Remember, Pagano coached and watched the Ravens defense on a daily basis and those eyes alone should let Colts fans know they are getting an elite defender.

Mathis will undoubtedly be the starter on one side of the Colts 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme and now Werner can add his name to Erik Walden and Jerry Hughes (among others) as another outside linebacker.

It was an unpredictable first round on Thursday night and the Colts looked to have gotten a player who’s best football is only ahead of him.


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17 Responses to “INSTANT REACTION: DE BJOERN WERNER CHOSEN WITH THE NO. 24 PICK”

  1. By rally on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I like the pick!

  2. By Loki on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I think its a great pick because this is a guy that does everything right,hes versatile, and to me the colts got a steal because this guy was once projected to be a top five pick and only fell because he didn’t flashed freakish athlete at the combine.

  3. By Loki on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    freakish athleticism

  4. By Joe B. on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I was wishing we would grab Werner! Wishin’ upon a star!

  5. By Sam Kelly on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Great writeup. I had not heard of him before, sounds like we got a good pick boys!!!

  6. By Loki on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    He is still developing and hopefully it will be an easy transition from defensive end to outside linebacker.

  7. By Josh on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Is this the guy that was bein compared to JJ watt

  8. By Denny Jones Form Berlin Germany on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Since glad you have the germinator
    more than German power is not
    100 and you have more and more fans from Germany hehe

    in german

    seit froh ihr habt den germinator
    mehr als deutsche power geht nicht
    und ihr habt 100 und mehr fans mehr aus deutschland hehe

  9. By Robert on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Denny is trying to say, that …

    y’all should be very happy to have the guy.
    Nothing beats German qualities.
    And, (this is probably the best part ;-)), the Colts now have a 100 or more fans in Germany.

    Xmas comes early this year 😉

  10. By Ducey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    IMO the Colts should have traded the pick IF calls were coming in for it. I forsaw trading for a mid 2nd and 4th round pick and addressing both rush LB, WR and CB in the next 3 rounds. Margus Hunt, same physical attributes, possible higher upside, could have been had in the 3rd or 4th round all the while addressing needs with quality players using the added picks. Don’t get me wrong, I hope this works out BUT I hoped for a different strategy.

  11. By Andy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Wow Björn Werner is a Colt! Best pick that the Colts did. Great player and a future guy

  12. By Jörg on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    ……sehr sehr geil!
    Björn Werner alles gute bei den Colts!

  13. By Andrew on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I was hoping to get some coverage players, however I am just happy to see a DEF player drafted in the first round, and considering we have a 3-4 vs Foster and Chris Johnson twice a year I can understand why we may need a very strong front 3 with depth haha.

  14. By benny on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Alles gute alter wünsche dir viel erfolg bei den colts hast eine geile zukunft vor dir.

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