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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