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Werner locks out his elbows and does an excellent job setting the edge, while keeping his outside arm free to force the run back into the teeth of the defense. He fires out of his stance low, keeping his pad level down, allowing him to win with leverage.
Werner displays very good core strength and overall balance to hold up at the point of attack, and he does a nice job ripping through contact to shed blockers and find the football. He plays the piano down the line of scrimmage extremely well, showing off impressive lateral agility to his right or left.
Werner could stand to develop greater lower-body strength to hold up against thicker offensive tackles that can overpower him at the point of attack. He will give up some ground but generally displays a solid anchor to hold his ground and control the point.
Werner's football intelligence is very evident, as he is rarely caught out of position and plays assignment football.
A balanced player against the run and pass, Werner is one of the more complete defensive ends in this class.
Grade: 8.75 (Very Good-Great)
Weight: 15 Percent
Total Points: (8.75 x .15) = 1.32