Bjoern Werner Scouting Report

Bjoern Werner Scouting Report

QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF

Prospect: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 255
Grade: 7.7 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+ Blends powerful strength with above average athleticism for the position
+ Displays very good burst from stop to start
+ Has good natural strength and translates it to football strength
+ Strong upper-body, which shows with his powerful hands
+ Ideal build for a 4-3 DE, 255 pounds with the ability to add mass
+ Very good agility and change of direction, can turn the corner and turn and run with back
+ Accelerates very quickly, gets up to speed off the ball and closes very well

Pass Rush Ability
+ Gets off the ball extremely well, times the snap and beats OL off the ball consistently
+ Quick and powerful first step, usually has position on the OT due to his get off
+ Gets good initial leverage by keeping pads low off the snap and getting hands extended
+ Converts power to speed as well as any pass rusher in this year’s draft class
+ Runs the wheel nicely, turns the corner well, while dipping under OT
+ Closes very well, when he gets near the QB he usually is able to finish and is a sure tackler
+ Uses his hands really well to disengage and knock the OT off balance – counters initial block
+ Disciplined rusher will make his reads and stay home on contain instead of creating lanes
+ When he can’t get to the passer, gets his hands up and bats down a number of passes (7 PBU)
– Not as flexible or agile as other pass rushers off the edge
– Doesn’t have a wide arsenal of pass rush moves, would like to see develop a powerful rip or swim
– When he doens’t get that burst off the line he’s just an average rusher

Vs. the Run
+ Uses his arms/hands very well to get extension and read the play
+ Overall strength in the run game is good, has the ability to anchor better as technique improves
+ Smart and aware player, can read misdirection, or play-action and stay disciplined
+ Does a good job of setting an edge, will stay square to the line and keep outside leverage
+ Flows well to the ball while not being overaggressive (maintains his gaps)
+ Powerful and consistent tackler, brings down the ball-carrier with power
– Gets vertical at times and becomes easy to block
– Struggles to split double teams and needs work to disengage quicker
– Gets turned and sealed off at times due to lack of leverage and technique

+ German import is still new to the game, but his awareness and football IQ has improved each season
+ Not a flashy or me first type of personality. Quiet guy who doens’t draw attention to himself
+ Hard worker in the weight room, who has developed into the team leader of the FSU defense
+ Plays hard and doesn’t take plays off, makes the most out of his talent

Werner is certainly one of the top players in this year’s draft. He possesses excellent strength and playing strength with good off the ball quickness. His ability to convert power to speed as a rusher is perhaps his biggest asset. He uses his hands really well and understands how to use leverage to make plays in the run game. He just goes about his business and doesn’t draw attention to himself.

The 2013 NFL Draft is loaded with pass rushers, while Werner isn’t the most naturally gifted he does have a combination of skills which make him a safe bet to become a productive player in the NFL. If Werner can improve his technique and develop his pass rush arsenal there is no reason why he isn’t worth a top 15 pick.

On January 3, 2013 Werner declared for the NFL draft. He’s a lock for the first round and could go as high as top three if everything goes right.

Scouting Notes

Florida State vs Northern Illinois
– Goes unblocked on right side of line, sets the edge and gives Lynch nowhere to run on keeper, allowing his teammates to make stop in backfield for loss
– Gets pressure against right tackle and bats Lynch pass down
– Delayed rush off right side brings pressure against Lynch, helps force throw behind Moore

Full scouting notes for Werner vs Northern Illinois.

Florida State vs Clemson
– Good burst off the ball but not reacting to intial contact, trying to outspeed/power the OT, not many moves
– Has moved to a speed rush, exploding off the ball and turning the corner, still not getting to Boyd though
– Comes flat down the line of scrimmage and hits Ellington in the backfield, Ellington breaks tackle

Full scouting notes for Werner vs Clemson.

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