The Colts were looking to boost the defense with their first pick of the NFL Draft, and did so with the selection of Florida St. DE Bjorn Werner.
Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Werner enjoyed American football growing up and joined a club team before moving to the United States as a high school exchange student, playing two seasons and emerging as a top recruit.
He has developed his football knowledge and technique substantially the past five years, flashing a top football IQ and instincts. Werner has the frame and athleticism to win with flashes of speed or power, although he needs to improve his motor for all four quarters.
He has proven to be much more than just a pass rusher, showing much better awareness against the run and at the line of scrimmage to swat passes down. He’s has the potential to be an impact starting strong-side DE in a four-man front.