2013 NFL Draft video review: Bjoern Werner

The Phinsider's video review of 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues with a look at Florida State defensive end import Bjoern Werner, who went from considerable prospect to pass-rushing titan in 2012.

As I mentioned earlier today, Werner has officially eclipsed Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan as the pass-rush prospect I most want to see in Miami next season. Instead of offering an explanation for this switch, I instead invite you to check out the highlight reel above. Some things to note while watching video of Werner rampaging through the Seminoles' competition this season:

  • Werner might be the surest thing of any pass-rushing prospect in the 2013 draft class. While he doesn't have the flex-type skill set of Jordan, Jarvis Jones or Damontre Moore, Werner boasts excellent anticipation of the snap count, a very quick first step and prototypical strength. His hand placement is also outstanding, and it's rare to see him actually lose in "phone booth" situations. He's not necessarily an ultra-ideal fit as a hybrid pass-rusher, but there's certainly room for Werner to develop in terms of coverage ability.
  • What Werner lacks as an ideal hybrid-type end, he more than makes up for as a run defender. This guy simply suffocates the run game, and the video features several examples of Werner effortlessly shedding blocks and eating ball carriers. This is almost certainly how the Werner/Chris Long comparisons started.
  • To the person who decided to use "Du hast" as the soundtrack to Bjoern Werner's 2012 highlight reel, I say thank you.
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