Bjoern Werner: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida State DE
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There was a time when Bjoern Werner was considered one of the top prospects in the 2013 NFL draft. While things have died down some, there is no doubt that Werner will still bring plenty of potential and ability to an NFL roster.
Werner's best quality is his pass-rushing skills. He recorded 23.5 during his three years with the Florida State Seminoles, with 13 of those sacks coming during the 2012 season.
Pass-rushing isn't all that there is to know about Werner. Here are five things that you need to know about Werner.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
Matt Miller Breaks Down Bjoern Werner
Full Name: Bjoern Werner
Birthday: August 30, 1990
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
High School: Salisbury School
Werner was a transfer to Salisbury School in Connecticut in 2007. He only played for two years, but he earned a 3-star recruit ranking from Rivals.com.
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It didn't take long for Bjoern Werner to make an impact on the campus of Florida State. As a true freshman, Werner recorded 3.5 sacks in an extremely limited role.
As Werner's role increased for the FSU defense, so did his numbers. Take a look below to see just how dominant of a player Werner was in college.
|Year||Solo Tackles||Total Tackles||Tackles for Loss||Sacks||Forced Fumbles|
All statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.
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Weight: 266 lbs.
Arm Length: 33-1/4"
40-yard dash: 4.83 seconds
Bench press: 25 reps
Vertical jump: 31"
Broad jump: 111"
3 cone drill: 7.30 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds
While Bjoern Werner didn't have the most impressive combine performance, he did put up solid numbers throughout all the drills. However, Werner was never known for elite athleticism, but rather for his drive and technique.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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Before Bjoern Werner even stepped onto the football field for the Florida State Seminoles, he already had quite a commitment on his hands.
During spring break before his freshman year, Werner got married to his girlfriend. They had originally met when Werner was in Germany back in the 10th grade.
The two remained married throughout Werner's time with the Seminoles and are still married today.
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Bjoern Werner will be the third German to be drafted by an NFL team, according to ESPN The Magazine:
— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) April 18, 2013
Alen Dumonjic, who writes for a number of sites, including Bleacher Report, lets us know that Werner grew up playing against men much older than himself:
When Bjoern Werner was 13, he practiced American football with gentlemen in their mid-20s and older. espn.go.com/nfl/draft2013/…
— Alen Dumonjic (@Dumonjic_Alen) April 20, 2013