For years, the Cleveland Browns have lacked that pass rusher that puts up double-digit sacks. They thought they got it in Jabaal Sheard two seasons ago but despite being serviceable, he has leveled out with 15.5 sacks in two seasons.
There is a guy slowly moving up every experts’ draft board. His name is Bjoern Werner from the Florida State Seminoles.
At 23-years-old, Werner is a German-born fireball. Though projected as a 4-3 defensive end, Werner should be good in any defensive scheme. He shows explosion off the line of scrimmage and puts major pressure on quarterbacks with his bull rushing capabilities. His NFL comparison is Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2012, Werner earned the prestigious ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. Werner recorded a remarkable 13 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss and eight pass break-ups last season. Because of his phenomenal season, Werner decided to leave college early and enter the NFL Draft. The Berlin native finished his Seminoles career with 23.5 sacks, 18 pass deflections, and 35 tackles for a loss in three seasons.
Werner’s downfall is his reps in the game of football. He has only played for five years of his life. Despite that, his knowledge and football IQ isn’t too terrible. Like a lot of defensive trenching players, Werner is injury-prone and has several issues with his left hand, especially last season.
I like Werner, but don’t believe Cleveland will look in his direction next week because of other areas of concern. The Browns have switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme, and Werner does project very well in to the 4-3 scheme. However, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if he turned in to an awesome pro in the future.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer. Please Follow Me on Twitter @ryanpruiz24