1.24 Indianapolis Colts Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (6-3¼, 266)
With the twenty-fourth selection in this year’s NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select defensive end Bjoern Werner from Florida State. The German-born defender may not be the fastest or biggest guy on the board, but he sure has a top-notch motor that does not stop no matter the workload he gets on the defensive line. He brings his all to the field day in and day out, and this shows in his production. He jumps the snap well to make up for an average burst off the line and this makes him an excellent pass rusher. Werner plays low with his pads and has the core strength to provide the power to push the offensive linemen back. He has great hands and leverage that can give him the edge to perform counter-moves to get to the ball in the backfield.
This pick brings up some questions for the Colts. They are moving towards a 3-4 defensive scheme, but selected a guy that fits more as a 4-3 defensive end. The Colts are most likely going to use Werner as an outside linebacker. I do not think he has the athleticism to be put in that position. He may be a good pass rusher, but that is from his anticipation off the line of scrimmage, not from standing up as a linebacker. I like Werner as a player but question the fit going forward.