NFL Draft: Anonymous Scouts Fire at Bjorn Werner

By: Justin Pawlowski

Florida State fans know much good Bjorn Werner was for their defense over the last few years.  In 41 games played, Werner recorded 23 1/2 sacks.

Werner has entered this weekend’s combine as a potential top 10 or even top 5 selection.

The German born Werner is a battle with numerous other players like Damontre Moore, Dion Jordan, and Ziggy Ansah to be the top defensive end in the 2013 NFL draft.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has quotes from anonymous scouts that are not too fond of Werner.

“He’s good, but I don’t see the special in him,” one scout said. “Kind of a try-hard, good football player but nothing special.”

“He’s not a dynamic pass rusher but he seems to get sacks,” another scout said. “He comes off the ball hard but he’s not special.”

There have been plenty of defensive ends in the NFL that lack elite pass rushing skills, but still provided enough effort to rack up the sacks.  A good comparison might be the Bucs Adrian Clayborn, who lacks those elite skills, but gives as much effort in rushing the passer as any defensive end in football.

With the Buccaneers electing to allow Michael Bennett test free agency, Bjorn Werner could be a target of the Bucs if he slips to their pick at 13.

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