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INSTANT REACTION: OG-HUGH THORNTON CHOSEN WITH THE NO. 86 PICK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 26, 2013 – 10:03 pm

It seemed almost fitting with former Pro Bowl tackle Tarik Glenn announcing the 86th pick for the Indianapolis Colts that the team would then choose an offensive lineman.

Hugh Thornton, an offensive guard out of Illinois, was the name that Glenn read during Friday evening’s third round.

How does this pick impact the Colts?

A Senior Bowl participant, Thornton played in 42 career games for Illinois while starting 35 of those contests at both guard and tackle.

Versatility along the line is something that the Colts had to rely on last season and Thornton gives Indianapolis a player that can line up at a variety of spots.

Last season, Thornton started 10 games at left tackle and also started seven contests at right tackle during his freshman campaign of 2009. In 2010 and 2011, Thornton started 18 games at weak-side guard for the Fighting Illini.

Thornton was apart of an Illinois line that led the Big Ten in rushing in 2010, while also breaking a school record for points per game.

In high school, Thornton was a two-time Idaho state heavyweight wrestling champion before moving to Ohio for his senior year.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said that Thornton graded out as the top guard during this year’s Senior Bowl and that was after a senior year where he started at left tackle for Illinois.

During the offseason, the Colts acquired Donald Thomas on the interior of the offensive line to go along with five different players that started at least one game at guard or center last season.

With 16-game starter Mike McGlynn returning at right guard, the Colts can now add Thornton to the names of Thomas and Joe Reitz at the guard position.

Depth along the offensive line is something that the Colts lacked at times in 2012 but with two veteran offseason additions and an All-Big Ten selection in the draft, Indianapolis has positioned themselves to create some quality competition through training camp.


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BJOERN WERNER’S COLLEGE COACH TALKS ABOUT THE NEWEST COLT

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:30 pm

Bjoern Werner’s college head coach, Jimbo Fisher, joined the “Dan Dakich Show” on Friday afternoon. A podcast of the interview on 1070 The Fan between Fisher and Dakich should be up later this afternoon here.

Fisher raved about the Colts No. 24 overall selection and here is what the head coach had to say about the 2012 ACC Player of the Year

On Bjoern Werner:

“I’m going to tell you this, you don’t have enough time to talk about all the good things about the guy. He’s just the ultimate team player. He can rush the passer. He can play the run. The most amazing stat I tell folks about him, he led the ACC in pass breakups (13). Not only can he sack (the quarterback) but he’s so instinctive and can trigger when a quarterback is going to throw. He will get in the lane, bat balls.”

“The other thing that you don’t know about him is that he’s athletic. He can stand-up. He has very good ball skills. He’s very fluid through his hips. He’s a very natural football player, a very instinctive football player and a natural leader. He affected the guys on our team with his leadership every day.”

On the best thing about Werner’s leadership:

“He understood how to work. He understood what excellence was and he did not have a problem telling guys around him when they did not play to the level they should, or were doing things that were detrimental to the team. He did not have a problem speaking out. He can do it and the kids respected it and never resented it one bit because he lived the standard in which he preached.”

On if you were surprised that the Colts took Werner:

“I had a good feeling. It was funny, when we got around 15 or so I told (Werner), ‘I think you are going to go to Indianapolis.’ I think it’s a great fit because I think it’s one of the class organizations in the business. I think coach (Chuck) Pagano does a great job, their ownership is committed to winning, obviously. I think (Werner) is a prefect fit for what they do because of the type of player which usually plays in Indianapolis and the image that I get of Indianapolis. I can just see him being a great fit there.”

On one negative about Werner:

“It’s hard. I know as a coach you say that. I never coached a kid who has apologized to you when he made a mistake. If (Werner) made a mistake and you got on him about that, he would say, ‘Coach I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.’ I can’t sit here and give you any (negatives). Is he a 4.5 (40-yard dash) guy? No. But he plays much faster than he times. I don’t have negatives on him. That’s not a coaching thing. When you coach him, he’s just a pleasure to be around.”

On Werner learning English pretty quickly:

“He’s very smart. He’s very intelligent, does a great job in school. He works hard. He adapted to our culture very well.”


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THE BJOERN SOCIAL REACTION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 12:19 pm

Tweets from players, fans, and Colts enthusiast about the Colts first overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bjoern Werner DE/OLB from Florida State.


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NATIONAL PUNDITS SPEAK HIGHLY OF BJOERN WERNER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:47 am

The analysts have already graded out the first round and here is a collection of six national media outlets giving their assesment of the Colts No. 24 overall pick Bjoern Werner.

National Football Post: The addition of Werner to the Colts’ front seven gives them a tremendous player to play outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. He is a naturally powerful athlete who competes whistle to whistle and has outstanding technique for a player with such little playing experience. He is vastly underrated from an athletic perspective and has the tools to be a double-digit sack man.

Mike Mayock, NFL.com: I think he’s really a good fit for Chuck Pagano. Very similar player by the name of (Paul) Kruger that he drafted in the second round when he was with the Baltimore Ravens. He will thrive in a Chuck Pagano system.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Werner is a solid player, but what does this say about the signing of Erik Walden? Then again, you can never have enough pass rushers.

ESPN.com: Werner lacks ideal size and length, but is one of the more polished prospects we evaluated on tape. His quick, active hands stand out, and he does a great job playing with leverage to set the edge against the run, and can disengage and redirect to make the tackle. As a pass-rusher, he has a quick initial get-off and flashes a wide variety of moves. He lacks ideal athleticism in space, but he should hold up in underneath zone coverage. As the Colts continue to make the transition from their old 4-3 defense to a 3-4 look, the only quality edge player they still have is Robert Mathis, although they did pick up Erik Walden in free agency from Green Bay. But what they get out of Walden, and age concerns about Mathis, give them some concerns. Werner has a chance to start as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the Colts’ base package, and he’s a sound player who will also upgrade them versus the run. In the Colts’ sub packages, when they go to a four-man front, he can line up at left defensive end. For years, this organization has produced pass-rushers with a variety of moves and great hand use, and Werner fits perfectly in that category.

Sports Illustrated: The Colts produced a remarkable turnaround last year despite being anchored down by one of the worst defenses in football, including a defensive front that ranked No. 24 in pressuring the passer and No. 31 in rushing yards per attempt allowed. Bjoern Werner should provide an instant upgrade — his 13.0 sacks last year were tied for third in the nation, while the Seminoles fielded perhaps the best pass defense in America. The Germany native will be the first player in NFL history named Bjoern.

Fox Sports: The Colts go with a little foreign flavor at No. 24. Werner provides strength and good speed as a pass-rushing threat. He could step in as a replacement for the departed Dwight Freeney.


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HIGH-MOTOR AND FOOTBALL INSTINCTS MAKE UP WERNER’S SKILLSET

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:26 am

After reading various articles and quotes from Bjoern Werner’s coaches, teammates and opposing players, it’s pretty clear what the Colts are getting in the 266-pound outside linebacker.

In just six seasons of playing football in the United States, Werner’s football IQ and his high-motor continually stick out when those describe the All-American defender.

Even though Werner played primarily defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Florida State, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said the first round pick will make the move to outside linebacker and his 16 pass breakups, along with Pagano’s first-hand workout of Werner, indicate that switch won’t be difficult.

This past December, writer Coley Harvey of the Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote an excellent feature of Werner’s path to becoming one of college football’s most disruptive defenders.

The article talked about how former FSU offensive coordinator James Coley watched Werner in person at a basketball game at Salisbury School in Connecticut to determine whether or not the Seminoles should extend a scholarship.

“(Werner) was fouling everybody and they stood no chance…(but) you could see his athleticism, running up and down the court, jumping,” Coley said.

The offer came and Werner eventually blossomed into the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and helped FSU to an Orange Bowl appearance in January.

Northern Illinois would be the Seminoles opponent and during bowl preparations, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch offered his assessment of Werner.

“The guy has a motor; that’s the biggest thing that stands out about him,” Lynch said.

“Sometimes he’ll get cut-blocked and he’ll get right back up and make a tackle. It’s pretty impressive. He’ll run sideline-to-sideline to chase guys down.”

Those attributes are exactly what attracted FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher to Werner despite the prospect being very raw when it came to football experience.

Fisher said Werner’s technique wasn’t perfect coming out of Salisbury but the tape showed a very instinctual football player with the way the future Seminoles defensive end saw things and how he reacted to plays.

Werner will arrive to Indianapolis early Friday afternoon and he spoke with local media on a conference call late Thursday night.

His emotion was evident when talking about getting the opportunity to play for the Indianapolis Colts. Werner gave Colts fans a small glimpse into the type of player they will be watching for years to come.

“I know what I can do and that’s get off the ball,” Werner said. “I can’t wait for the coaches to just be coaching me up and learn the new playbook. Now that everything’s over, I know that I’m a Colt and I can’t wait. I honestly can’t wait to be there and start rookie minicamp.”


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2013 OFFSEASON OUTLOOK: CINCINNATI BENGALS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

The final installment of the Colts 2013 opponent offseason outlook comes today with the Cincinnati Bengals:

Cincinnati Bengals 2013 Offseason

2012 Season: 10-6 regular season. 2nd in the AFC North

Key Offseason Additions: LB James Harrison

Key Offseason Losses: LB-Manny Lawson (Bills), DT-Pat Sims (Raiders)

2013 Draft Picks: 1-21, 2-37, 2-53, 3-84, 4-118, 5-156, 6-190, 6-197, 7-240, 7-251

Analysis: After starting 2012 with a 3-5 record, the Bengals rattled off seven wins in their final eight contests. That run earned them a Wild Card berth for the second consecutive season but once again, Cincinnati couldn’t overcome a road matchup with the Houston Texans.

Perhaps no team in the NFL was less active in acquiring unrestricted free agents this offseason than the Bengals. Numerous Bengals were re-signed and after back-to-back trip to the playoffs Cincinnati seems to have the right group to make a deeper run in the playoffs, along with capturing the AFC North.

The Bengals did lose a couple of veterans in the front seven of the defense. There is no glaring weakness across the roster and with three picks in the first 53 selections, expect the Bengals to once again bring in some quality talent.

Houston Texans Offseason Outlook

Tennessee Titans Offseason Outlook

Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason Outlook

Denver Broncos Offseason Outlook

Oakland Raiders Offseason Outlook

St. Louis Rams Offseason Outlook

Seattle Seahawks Offseason Outlook

Miami Dolphins Offseason Outlook

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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 26TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 6:10 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Bob Kravitz: Poor combine performance doesn’t make Bjoern Werner a bad pick for Colts
Colts take Bjoern Werner with 24th pick in NFL Draft
2013 NFL Draft: 3 names for Indianapolis Colts’ fans to watch closing in on pick No. 24
2013 NFL Draft: 3 possible Indianapolis Colts picks
Colts QB regret easy to say now for Bill Polian
Three prospects to keep an eye on when Colts are on the clock at draft’s No. 24 spot
What Indianapolis Colts drafting Bjoern Werner means, German translation
Unpredictable draft gets started tonight
Colts add pass rusher in Werner at 24
Colts select pass rusher Werner in first round
Colts’ Top 5 possible defensive back picks
Can Colts’ pick turn into the next Freeney?
Indianapolis Colts could go several ways in NFL draft
Colts rave about Werner’s game speed
Colts take Bjoern Werner 24th overall
Florida State DE Bjoern Werner hopes he’s selected by NY Giants so he can team with Markus Kuhn

COLTS.COM
Instant Reaction: DE Bjoern Werner chosen with the No. 24 pick
Experience is teacher
A year already
Time to shine
Wanted and drafted
Edge-setter on board

AFC SOUTH BLOG
All the AFC South’s scheduled picks
Non-immediate needs in AFC South
My QB draft strategy for the Jaguars
Caldwell gets OT first, as Smith did
Chris Johnson on Warmack: ‘Thank God’
Texans say Hopkins wears DBs out
Warmack won Titans in private workout

NFL NEWS
Plan falls into place as Texans pick WR Hopkins
Tennessee Titans select Alabama guard Chance Warmack in first round of NFL Draft
NFL Draft: Jaguars pick offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with No. 2 pick
Bell: How many NFL draftees will end up broke?
O-linemen are A-listers in 2013 NFL draft
Manti Te’o, Geno Smith passed over
2013 NFL Draft: Winners and losers, Day 1, a tale of two drafts
With GM seats burning, Bills and Dolphins go bold; more snaps

AFC TEAM NEWS
Pats deal a 1 for 4
It’s still defense first for rebuilding Jets

NFC TEAM NEWS
NFL Draft 2013; Giants pick Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh
Long, Emery put top pick’s character issues in past


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