In 2012, Bjoern Werner spent his season emerging as one of the best pass-rushing forces in college football. In 2013, the Florida State defensive end will look to do the same on Sundays, as he's headed for April's 2013 NFL draft, according to Joe Schad:
Florida State DE Bjoern Werner will enter the next NFL draft, according to a source close to the player— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 3, 2013
Though he still has a year of eligibility left, Werner's decision to forgo his senior season won't surprise anyone. The 22-year-old star had little left to prove in Tallahassee and is considered a likely top-10 pick in April.
UPDATE: January 3, 6:05 PM ET, by Sam Westmoreland
It's official; Werner is heading for the NFL, foregoing his final year of eligibility at Florida State to enter the draft. The player announced the news tonight.
Its official im turning pro! Thank you to Fsu and the nolenation for giving me this oppurtunity.. My wife and I are excited !— Björn Werner (@BjoernWernerFSU) January 3, 2013
This isn't a surprise; Werner is highly rated by several scouting agencies, and with teams looking to bolster their lines, he's sure to see the field immediately.
ESPN's Scouts Inc. has Werner going third in its initial mock draft and ranks him as the ninth-best prospect of the 2013 draft class overall.
It's not hard to see why. Listed at 6'4" and 255 pounds, Werner is built like a prototypical pass-rushing end and his on-field play has done nothing but back up those physical skills.
As a junior, Werner set career highs with 42 tackles and 13 sacks, the latter of which is tied for third in the FBS. He was honored both with a First Team All-ACC selection and was a consensus All-American selection.
Blessed with an unstoppable motor, Werner's effort alone helps him make big plays against the run and pass.
However, perhaps the best part about Werner as a prospect is that he's only going to get better. Werner spent most of his formative years in Germany and did not even play organized football until he was 15 years old.
That means he has just seven years of wear and tear on his body and he's still raw enough that he can be molded by coordinators and defensive coaches at the next level.
Based on his sheer statistical resume alone, Werner is an obvious first-round pick. But when coupling that with his physical skills, effort and potential, it becomes apparent that Werner is destined for stardom in the NFL.