Bjoern Werner   DE   FSU      

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Bjoern is a power rusher whose strength, size and balance are the key skills to him being an impact player for the team that drafts him.  He has strength in both his upper and lower body; trying to push this kid around on the field is like trying to push a wheelbarrow of cow manure up the plank and into the spreader.  He can play in multiple fronts all over your defensive line.  He shows on film to have good foot speed, which has shown more explosion to the ball this year than in the past.  He loves the physical part of the game and understands when he needs to step up and make a play.  You will not fool him twice in a game with the same play.  He is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler and is a sure tackler in the open field because of his natural athleticism.  Bjoern has natural strength, or what I call "farmboy" strength.  I'm sure he can go into the weight room and embarrass most of his teammates, but the truth is he understands leverage and uses it very well on the field against his opponents.  Double teams do not stop Bjoern and he is as good defending against the run as he is a pass rusher.  You can use him in a 2-gap system or a 1-gap system and he will impact, making sacks and tackles on, and behind, the line of scrimmage.  He looks to be an excellent teammate and plays very well within the context of the game plan and with the other linemen.  In a 4-3 defense, Bjoern has the potential to be as impactful as Chris Long, St Louis Rams.  If he plays in a 3-4, Bjoern has the potential to be as impactful as JJ Watt, Houston Texans.  On my list of players, he is a top five pick and I would not hesitate to draft him #1 in this draft. I call him Bjoern (Free) Werner because he will free up your defensive coordinator to have a multi-dimensional defense with the strength to stop the run and the relentlessness to rush the passer.

 

CONCERNS

There is one issue that concerns me in drafting Bjoern:  I feel sorry for the teams in the same division of the team that drafts Bjoern. They will have to go up against him twice, which will be very bad for them.  His explosion off the line has improved this year, but he is not a true speed rusher and will have to learn better techniques based on his strength moves to get into the backfield quicker.  The truth is, I'm being facetious and nit picking; Bjoern will continue to improve in every aspect of his game because of his excellent work ethic and intangibles.  I don't have any critical concerns about his ability to perform at a high level in the NFL.

 

BOTTOM LINE

In this draft, I could see some team trying to move up to the #1 position to draft Bjoern because I don't think he will get passed being drafted at the #1 or #2 slot.  I'm not sure what, or how much, I would give up but believe me I would be working the phones hard right now trying to secure that slot before the draft because on draft day either he gets selected as the 1st player in the draft or the 2nd player in the draft. At least that's how I see it.  Some players are special and Bjoern looks to me like he will be one of those players. Draft him, get him on the field and let him loose.  You'll never regret it. 

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Jan/2013