Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 1/24 - Bjoern Werner, OLB/DE, 6-3, 266, Florida State...High-motor player who should push for a starting role as a rookie. Good size, athletic skills. Plays faster than 40 time. Expected to be disruptive at the point of attack. Still raw in some areas but has a great upside. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 1/24 - Bjoern Werner, OLB/DE, 6-3, 266, Florida State...High-motor player who should push for a starting role as a rookie. Good size, athletic skills. Plays faster than 40 time. Expected to be disruptive at the point of attack. Still raw in some areas but has a great upside. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "I woke up (Friday) morning and it was still so unbelievable just that I can say I'm a Colt. It's such a great organization. I watched last season, every Sunday. What they've been through and going to the playoffs was just so inspiring and I can say that I'm going to be a part of this. I'm so excited. I think it'll take awhile to sink in. But hopefully I'll get over it because I have to get ready and try to prove that I'm worth the (first-round) pick." -- Colts first-round draft choice OLB Bjoern Werner talking about coming to Indianapolis. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner on his feelings watching Thursday night's first-round of the draft: "My agent said that the Colts like (me) a lot. I was like 'I hope they take me because I like that team a lot.' When it came to that spot (in the draft), he came up to my shoulder and said, 'I bet they take you.' I was just waiting and waiting. Then it happened and I was so excited. Honestly, I can't describe it. My last six, seven years, what I sacrificed to just be in the NFL. And it's such an amazing team."
Werner on transitioning to the NFL and the Colts: "The biggest transition is just that I'm going to drop (into pass coverage) a little more. You have to learn more of the whole defense, more defense. I don't see it as a big problem for me. I love football so much. I love studying film, playbook, scouting reports. I can't wait to just get started, get that playbook and just learn the defense."
Coach Chuck Pagano on Werner: "He's got some special traits. He's got a high motor. He's big. He's strong. He's got a great get off. He's been rushing the passer for a long time down at Florida State. You know how they like to put those guys on the edge. First and second down, he's going to be an edge setter for us and play the run game for us. But on third down, there's a multitude of things we can do with this guy. The simplest is line him up opposite (outside linebacker) Robert (Mathis) and tell him, 'Sic 'em. Go get the quarterback.'" - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Colts pleased with addition of Werner...It may have taken awhile, but the Colts made their first-round pick of the 2013 National Football League a good one. Nearly three hours after the draft got underway, the Colts selected former Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. The 6-3, 266-pound defensive lineman can also play left outside linebacker. Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson had said last week that he would consider moving down and out of the first round if the player the Colts wanted wasn't there. But that didn't happen.
According to Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano, the versatile Werner was the guy that they had their sights set on from the get-go. They felt lucky that he was still around when the 24th overall came around. "He's a hell of a football player. Thirteen sacks (last season for the Seminoles), (Atlantic Coast Conference) Player of the Year. You turn on the film and he jumps off the screen at you," the second-year Indianapolis general manager said. "He's one of those guys you watch and immediately say he's not going to be there (when the Colts made their first round pick)." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A slow 40-yard dash time (4.8) at the Scouting Combine may have caused other NFL teams to push Werner further down their list of prospective players. But what transpired at the combine didn't bother Grigson, Pagano or the rest of the Colts' player personnel department. "You take the combine with a grain of salt. It factors, but you shouldn't let a great player slide by because he didn't blow out a great 40 time. This guy is productive, plays hard. Eight batted passes (last) year I believe plus 13 sacks. A ton of (tackles for loss). He's a team player too. He fits (Pagano's) mold as a human being and a football player," Grigson quickly pointed out. - The Sports Xchange