In my latest seven round mock draft for the 2013 NFL Draft, I had the Detroit Lions taking defensive ends in the third and seventh round. With vacancies at the position, the Lions now appear ready to make a move in the draft to secure one of the best available at the position.
Bjoern Werner, known as “The Germinator”, was a great prospect at Florida State. Werner had a private workout and a meeting with the Lions at the 2013 Scouting Combine. The Lions are interested in trading back in the first round or up from their 36th overall pick in the second round.
Werner began his quest to become a NFL star at the age of 15, when he first started playing football. Born in Germany, Werner began impressing coaches as a sophomore foreign exchange student in an American high school. During his sophomore year of high school. Werner recorded 12 sacks in eight games.
Werner attended Florida State where he had three years of impressive stats. As a full time starter his sophomore season, Werner had seven sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. In his junior season, Werner had 13 sacks, 42 tackles and 18 tackles for a loss. Werner was awarded the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in sacks.
The Lions definitely need a defensive tackle. The team may draft one at fifth overall, if there is not an offensive tackle available. The team is now thinking of trading back in the first round to take Werner. My immediate thought is Werner will not be available at 36th overall.