As I'm sure you all know by now, the Indianapolis Colts selected Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Having allowed Dwight Freeney to leave in Free Agency, the team was crying out for a pass rusher - even after the frivolous signing of Green Bay's Erik Walden and the addition of Lawrence Sidbury from the Atlanta Falcons.
Regardless of the need for some edge rushing help, I was fairly surprised when Roger Goodell announced that Bjoern Werner was the 24th pick of the draft, and was heading to Indianapolis. When evaluating Werner before the draft, I had strong concerns over his ability to play anything other than 4-3 defensive end. Whilst at Florida State, Werner mostly played with his hand in the dirt, making his fit in Chuck Pagano's 3-4 defense slightly obscure.
However, GM Ryan Grigson and Pagano himself put Werner through a workout, including linebacker drop drills. They came away suitably impressed, and felt comfortable enough to draft him to play the SAM linebacker position, or even the WILL position if/when Robert Mathis leaves the team.no comments no comments