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One of the most enjoyable defensive players to watch in college football is the German-born defensive end from Florida State.
A foreign-exchange student, Werner didn't begin playing football until he was 15, instantly falling in love with the sport. He bounced between Germany and the U.S. during high school before deciding to play at Florida State, choosing the Seminoles over Oregon.
Werner saw limited action as a true freshman backup in 2010 with 20 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He was named one of the team MVPs the following spring and earned a starting job at left defensive end.
Werner turned heads as a sophomore starter, making a name for himself as both a pass rusher and run stuffer with his strong, but fast style of play. He finished 2011 with 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, just behind Brandon Jenkins for the team lead in both categories.
With Jenkins injured early in the season, Tank Carradine emerged as a force on the right side for the Seminoles until he also suffered a season-ending injury. Through the changes on the other side, Werner continued to rack up big numbers, including an ACC-best 13.0 sacks and a team-high 18 tackles for loss to go with 42 tackles overall and eight pass breakups.
That production came on the heels of an offseason in which Werner dropped 20 pounds, from the 275 he played at as a junior to 255 entering the '12 campaign and playing in the 260-265 range.
"Last year, after five plays, I was tired. Now I can go 20 plays, and I'm not tired at all," Werner said in August. "That was 10 pounds straight of fat. What's that going to do for me?"
A likely top 20 selection, Werner announced he would forego his final year of eligibility shortly after Florida State won the Orange Bowl.
"I'm grateful to Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Florida State for giving me the opportunity to be a Seminole and play for one of the top college football programs in the country," Werner said. "I've learned so much from the coaches especially Coach (D.J.) Eliot and have been able to play with some of the best players in the country.
"After sitting down with my wife Denise and gathering as much information, I've decided to move on and enter the NFL Draft. I've enjoyed my time at FSU and will cherish the time I spent as a Seminole."
Werner closed his career with 35 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in just two seasons.
STRENGTHS: Werner has good get-off quickness and bend to beat blockers off the snap. Natural instincts and upside makes him an attractive pass-rushing prospect for teams selecting in the top five. Still developing, with a high ceiling, but already shows outstanding football awareness, reading the ballcarrier and batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. Strong hands to win the edge and get around blockers, using his body strength and feet to flatten to the pocket.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite length for the position and doesn't have the natural start/stop explosion of some pass rushers. Will lose leverage at times, especially off the snap when he gets too high out of his stance. Has improved his awareness against the run, but still has room to improve his ability to sift through the trash and defeat off-balance blocks.
Motor tends to run hot/cold at times, especially late in games or if the play isn't to his side of the field. Needs to consistently finish when he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Has a history of minor injuries, including a left hand issue that bothered him this past season.
COMPARES TO: Chris Long, DE, St. Louis Rams - Both have a combination of quickness and strength combined with a nonstop motor to consistently pressure the pocket off the edge.
After just two years of high school football in the US, Werner amassed 35 TFL, 23.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in three seasons in Tallahassee. - Florida State football
A rising star from his left defensive end position, Werner started all 13 games...registered a career-high 37 tackles, including 25 solo stops, for an FSU defense that ranked second in rushing defense, fourth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense...led the Seminoles with eight quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries, which included a 25-yard TD return against Clemson...ranked second on the team with a eight pass break-ups and nine passes defended.
Collected his first career interception with a leaping grab at Boston College...ranked second among Seminoles with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks...established a new career-high with six tackles, including a sack among two tackles for loss against No. 1 Oklahoma which earned him ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors...turned in a monstrous game at Duke with four pass break-ups, two quarterback hurries and a sack...his four pass break-ups against the Blue Devils were the most by an FBS defensive lineman since Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh batted down four against Virginia Tech on Sept. 19, 2009.
Posted a career-high two sacks at Wake Forest...added two tackles including a tackle for loss and sack in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame...earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District honors...recognized for his work in the classroom with one of eight sophomore academic awards and named one of three defensive MVPs at the annual team banquet.
First-team All-American and fist-team All-ACC selection. ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Finished with 42 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and eight pass breakups. He entered the Orange Bowl leading the nation in yards accumulated on tackles behind the line of scrimmage (134). Only one player in FSU history has recorded more sacks in their first three seasons than Werner and that is Peter Boulware.
Appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman, registering 20 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks...relentless pass rusher who frequently overpowers opposing tackles...three sacks came over the course of the first four games...registered a career-high five tackles in the win at Maryland...twice collected 1.5 tackles for loss (Samford, Wake Forest)...also had a pass breakup to his credit...earned an academic achievement award at the 2010 football banquet for having one of the top GPAs for his class.
German exchange student who played only two years of high school football in the United States...was a four-star prospect by Scout.com...had a three-star ranking from Rivals, which ranked him as the No. 65 defensive end nationally and the No. 6 prospect in Connecticut...No. 24 defensive end prospect according to ESPN...high school teammate of FSU tight end Will Tye.
As a senior logged 57 tackles in seven games with three sacks, four forced fumbles and two blocked field goals...also caught 10 passes for 98 yards from the tight end position...played at home for Berlin Adler national team as a junior...as a sophomore at the Salisbury School, had 54 tackles, including 24 for losses, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries in just eight games.
Was married over 2010 spring break to his wife Denise...whittled lengthy list of offers to two, selecting FSU over Oregon...born August 30, 1990.
Draft Scout Player News
08/30/16 - DE Bjoern Werner was released by the Jaguars in the team's cutdown to 75 players Tuesday.
Werner, a former first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts, was signed by the Jaguars in May. The Colts released Werner two months earlier after three disappointing seasons.
Werner had just 6.5 sacks in 38 career games with Indianapolis. The player selected 24th overall in 2013 didn't record a single one in 10 games in 2015.
Werner played college football at Florida State.
08/26/16 - DE Bjoern Werner was signed on as a free agent with the hopes of revitalizing a disappointing career thus far. The former first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins has produced just 6 1/2 sacks in his three seasons with the Dolphins. The 25-year-old former Florida State standout has not had a good training camp for the Jaguars and will need two strong finishes against Cincinnati and Atlanta for any hope of making the final roster.
05/18/16 - LB Bjoern Werner, who was placed on waivers by the Jaguars March 8, was signed by the Jaguars to be a defensive end May 12.
03/08/16 - OLB Bjoern Werner was waived Tuesday by the Colts after three seasons with the team. Werner, the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, fell short of expectations coming out of Florida State as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. In 38 career games with the Colts, he totaled just 6 1/2 sacks. Last season, Werner played in 10 games and finished with 11 tackles and one fumble recovery. He was inactive for six games in 2015. In three seasons with the Colts that included 38 games and 16 starts, Werner totaled 77 tackles, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Waiving the 25-year-old Werner saved the Colts $1.48 million in salary-cap space.
12/02/15 - OLB Bjoern Werner has been inactive for the last two games. The Colts' first-round draft pick in 2013 has not played well this season and has seen his playing time diminish. Coach Chuck Pagano was blunt when he explained that Werner has been inactive because other guys have played better.