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NATIONAL PUNDITS SPEAK HIGHLY OF BJOERN WERNER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 26, 2013 – 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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