The Tape Never Lies recently broke down Bjoern Werner’s game:
Werner is one of three highly-rated prospects — the other two are BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah (Ghana) and SMU’s Margus Hunt (Estonia) — who have come from the international scene. He hails from Berlin, Germany, where he picked up American football at a young age through online videos and the Madden video games. He’s widely viewed as a pass rushing maestro because of his combination of explosiveness and hand quickness off the edge. He is likely to be a top 20 selection because of that combination, which has proved to be a death-wish for offensive linemen charged with blocking him.
He has 20 sacks over the last two years, including 13 in his final season at Florida State. Some of them have come because of a relentless speed rush, while others have come with tremendous hand usage and quickness. Werner’s flashes of proper hand usage is one of the aspects of his game that scouts will admire, as it shows his dedication to it in the film room and on the practice field. He excels at knocking the pass blocker’s hands away and then dipping his shoulder to get underneath their pads and turn the corner. It’s something that not all pass-rushers are able to do (see the other two names referenced) but Werner can, as he showed against Wake Forest this past season.
He’ll have to keep improving to become a better pass-rusher because he’s inconsistent in all aspects of his game, but he offers potential to be considered in the second half of the first round. He’s best suited to be a weak-side end in a 4-3 defense, where he’ll be able to tee off on the quarterback on any given down.
There’s little debate as to the round that Bjoern Werner will be picked. He will be a first rounder. Without a doubt.
The uncertainty is exactly where he will be picked. Mock drafts are very mixed on Werner, most saying he has the motor to be in the first round, but doesn’t have overwhelming talent that you can’t afford to pass up.
At FSU, he did as well, if not better, than other players who had more “talent” than he did. Werner, after all, grew up playing soccer and has only played a few years of organized football. So, sure, he may still need some refining, but there should be little doubt in anyone’s mind: Werner will be a great pass rushing defensive end in the NFL.