Bjoern Werner was considered a top-10 prospect for most of an impressive season with Florida State. He was a sack machine, leading the ACC with his high motor and well-rounded skill set.
Werner has admitted, however, that while he has no glaring weaknesses, he also fails to excel in any one area. While Werner spins this as a positive, suggesting he could be on the field for all downs, high-end, top-round picks need to be explosive, game-changing players.
While the prevailing expectation is that Werner will be able to contribute immediately, his NFL draft stock may be falling. In the latest round of some of the more credible mock draft predictions, Werner has fallen to the back end of the first round.
Florida State had one of the best defensive lines in football, and it led to a very successful season. Werner was the focal point of their pass rush with 13 sacks. He deflects passes at the line, bottles up runners, and plays a versatile game. His well-rounded skill set, now being looked at as something of a weakness, produced strong contributions across the board.
Still, Werner also disappeared from time to time, exploiting matchup advantages to achieve 7.5 of his sacks in just two games.
In a draft that has been dominated by off-field headlines, imaginary girlfriends and drug problems, Werner is a proven locker room presence and a versatile weapon. If a team is able to take Werner with one of the final picks of the first round, they could find themselves with the steal of the draft.
Werner’s physical attributes have excited scouts, while his personality and story cap a full package for an NFL player. His draft stock may be falling a bit, but he could wind up as the best pick of 2013.