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2013 NFL Draft: Why Bjoern Werner Deserves A Second Look

Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner vs.Duke

Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner vs.Duke

Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner provides a skill set proven through production that many of the top defensive line prospects can’t provide at the top end of this year’s NFL Draft.

Looking ahead to the 2013 NFL Draft, every NFL fan is searching for that one prospect to cling to in hopes that their favorite team will select the hottest prospect available on April 25. That prospect may come to be known as Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. Werner is widely regarded as one of the top defensive ends available in this year’s NFL Draft, but like many prospects, has noticeable flaws in his game. With that said, this article will show you why Werner stands out above the rest of the prospects at his respective position.

First Step

When you first turn on the game tape of Werner against Wake Forest from last season, you’ll immediately notice his fierce first step. Werner is consistently the first defender in the backfield throughout the game, and often causes havoc in the backfield, creating turmoil for Wake’s offensive game plan. Werner was credited with four tackles and 1.5 sacks in the game, but could have easily had three sacks when you look back at the tape. Werner lost at least one sack to teammate Tank Carradine after tripping on a lineman in the pocket. It’s no surprise Werner ranked second in the entire ACC in tackles for loss, and totaled 13 sacks in 2012, much credit due to his elite first step.

Pass Rushing Ability

Werner’s top-tier arsenal of pass-rush moves is clearly shown in the above video, showing Werner’s tenacious and relentless demeanor as a definite asset as a pass rusher. Werner recorded multiple sacks in five games during the 2012 campaign, good enough to rank third in the NCAA for sacks in a season in last season. Werner’s hands are his biggest strength as a pass rusher, recording eight pass deflections, one forced fumble, along with one fumble recovery. According to Florida States official athletic website, Werner was only one of two linemen in the entire NCAA last season to record eight or more pass break-ups. Werner’s 35 tackles-for-loss rank tenth all-time in Seminole history, which is mind blowing for a player with only 27 career starts.

Awareness

Werner had the game of his life against Oklahoma in 2011, recording six total tackles, two in which resulted in a loss of yards, and one sack. Much of his production not only against Oklahoma in 2011, but throughout the course of his career as a Seminole can be credited to his great awareness. As shown in the above video, you’ll notice that Werner keeps a constant eye on the ball, and rarely is seen out of position, or away from the play. Werner’s ability to shed blocks, or beat opposing lineman in passing situations, all while keeping an eye on the ball is one of the biggest assets to a defensive lineman’s skill set you could ask for. Werner is constantly creating havoc in the backfield, or seen running down a ball carrier twenty yards down the field, due in large part because you rarely see him with his eyes off the ball.

Overall

Standing 6’4” and weighing 255 lbs. gives Werner prototypical size to be a 4-3 defensive end, or a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. That type of versatility will attract plenty of teams in the first round looking to improve their pass rush. Werner’s stats certainly speak for themselves. Werner’s career total of 23.5 sacks and 35 tackles-for-loss are simply outstanding for a player who only played two years of organized High School football before coming to Tallahassee and dominating top level NCAA competition. Werner’s game on tape reminds you of Houston Texans’ star defensive lineman J.J. Watt. Both players possess great versatility in both the running and passing game, and can be lined up anywhere along the defensive line, all while producing. Werner may slip in the first round of the draft due to potential players like BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah, or LSU’s Barkevious Mingo, but Werner’s production will outweigh any potential three to five years down the road. There’s nothing about Werner’s game that tells me he can’t or won’t be the best defensive lineman out of this draft class in three years.

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2013 NFL Draft: Terron Armstead Prospect Profile

Arkansas Pine-Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead

Arkansas Pine-Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead

As we inch closer to the 2013 NFL Draft with each passing day, DraftInsider continues to provide top quality prospect profiles, along with in depth scouting reports and mock drafts. DraftInsider has acquired a team of veteran scouts to bring you the most unique NFL Draft coverage you have, and will ever see. We look forward to bringing you the best in the business. 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Offensive Guard Terron Armstead heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top Offensive Guard prospects to watch. Armstead played left tackle in college but will most likely be asked to move inside to play Guard in the NFL to use his gifted combination of size and quick feet to its highest potential. Potential is a good word to use while evaluating Armstead, he is big, athletic and could blossom into a quality pro one day. Below you will see our preliminary scouting report on Terron Armstead.
Measurables:
– 6’5″ 305 lbs
Strengths:
One of the things you notice and notice often when watching Armstead on film is how athletic he is. He shows great speed and quickness when pulling. Armstead is said to have sub 5.0 40 speed. Which is always a feat for 300 pounder. He also gets to the second level with ease, slipping underneath a defensive end, or chipping a 3 technique and using his speed to get to a linebacker at the next level. Some coaches try and try to teach lineman ways to get to the second level without getting caught up in the traffic of the trenches, some never get it. Armstead’s feet on film are a sight as well, he puts them up and down quickly which reduces the time a defender has to get him off balance or knock him off track (the reason he doesn’t get washed down while getting to the second level). Armstead’s potential is through the roof, with a NFL body frame, athleticism and strength many teams could get him in their system, teach it to him, plug him into it and watch him grow into a pretty good pro player.  
Weaknesses:
Armstead needs to work on his technique in pass protection. He likes to turn his hips and shoulder in his pass set which leaves him vulnerable to the inside move. It didn’t cost him as much in college because his athleticism was able to make up for the bad technique. Also while pass protecting I saw another bad habit of Armstead’s, he shoots his hands too low on his punch. Although he has a strong punch and a good firm grip when he connects, the low punch made him unbalanced while protecting. In the SWAC he wasn’t exposed by it like he will if he does it on Sunday’s. Armstead’s level of competition he played in college is also a question mark. Although the SWAC has had its share of talented players it is hard to gauge how good each and every player he played against is. He is seen on film at times mauling defenders 10-12 yards down field.
Projection:
Armstead is projected to be a 5th round pick in April’s Draft.
Prospect Profile completed by:
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2013 NFL Draft: Chance Warmack Prospect Profile

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Guard Chance Warmack

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We are proud to announce Zack Spears has joined DraftInsider. Zack played Offensive Line at Iowa State, and with his first hand knowledge of the college game, as well as his experience as a lineman, we feel Zack will do extremely good things in his new role as Head Scout: Offensive and Defensive Lines. Follow Zack on twitter @Zacklopedia
Alabama Offensive Guard Chance Warmack heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as my top rated Offensive Guard prospect. Warmack is as good as they come at run blocking, while possesing overpowering strength that he uses to dominate defenders.  Below you will see our finalized scouting report on Chance Warmack.
Measurables:
– 6’3″ 320 lbs
Strengths:
Warmack has a nasty streak to him that all NFL executives and coaches love from a lineman. Warmack has great strength, when watching him play he uses his lower body strength as an anchor to stop the pass rush, and has a steam roller to plow over defenders in the running game. He is an absolute punishing, tough run blocker. That combined with his strength makes him an NFL ready prospect right now. Warmack also fires off the ball and gets a tremendous push at the line of scrimmage, opening running lanes immediately. He is always spotted on film with great pad level and firing a good punch with perfect hand placement in pass pro. Chance will be a perfect fit for a power blocking scheme based offense. 
Weaknesses:
After reading the above “Strengths” part, you may be asking, ‘Well, what can’t this guy do?” Although Warmack is the top rated Offensive Guard in this years draft class, like everyone else there are weaknesses to his game.  He could do a lot for himself by losing some weight and getting quicker to help him play in space while blocking at the second level, pulling, or out on a screen play. Also, because of his limited ability to play in space it makes him not a good fit in a zone blocking scheme, where he will be asked to block more in the open space. You tend to see some of the more athletic lineman excel in that scheme. Because he lacks quickness, he gets beat on some speed pass rush moves. Warmack’s conditioning is a weakness to me too, he seems to get tired on long drives and not finish blocks when he is tired. He could be dominating defenders late in games and drives every single play if he didn’t have to take a play or part of a play off to rest. Which is an easy fix with a little weight loss and top of the line conditioning which will be at his finger tips in the National Football League. 
Projection:
Warmack is projected to the be a top 15 overall pick in April’s Draft.
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2013 NFL Draft: What To Look For In a QB

Every year NFL scouts travel the country looking for the next Andrew Luck, or the next late round gem, a la Tom Brady. Countless miles driven, sleep lost, and years pass by without any teams landing such a prospect. As a fan of football, you may ask “What do scouts look for in a Quarterback?” We’ll fill you in, right here.

Talent:

First of all, the first thing any scout will look for is talent. Is your team’s next “Franchise” quarterback the next Peyton Manning? A true master of the game who can orchestrate an entire playbook on the go? Is he the next Robert Griffin, III? A Dual-Threat player who can stand in the pocket with poise and make all of the throw, and also have the smarts to take off and decimate you with his legs? Regardless, talent is first and foremost what scouts will look at when scouting a QB.

Leadership:

One trait that follows any quarterback, and always will, is leadership. His ability to keep the team’s spirits high when adversity is staring them in the face is a key quality. No moment is too big for him. No situation is uncontrollable in his eyes. Leadership is, and always will be a major attribute for a quarterback.

Decision Making:

When you have four 300 LB grown, athletic men running at you as fast as they can, will your quarterback find the open receiver, and place the ball where only he can catch it? Or will he fall to his knees and succumb to the pressure and take an unnecessary sack? Players like Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers are prime examples of elite decision makers at the quarterback position. Brady, when pressured, is able to find an open receiver and move his team down the field, rather than waste a down and take a sack. Rodgers on the other hand, is able to move the chains with his mobility and get outside the pocket, and pick up a positive gain. Decision making skills makes or breaks a quarterback, and possibly a team. Ask any Chargers fan who endured the Ryan Leaf Era.

Mechanics:

Success at the collegiate level doesn’t always translate to being appreciated by NFL teams, ask Tim Tebow. Tebow left the University of Florida as one of the most decorated college athletes to ever live. However, as soon as he declared for the draft, scouts and draft analysts fired their shots. Tebow was highly criticized for his long release. He was told that he needed to shorten it in order to avoid sacks, or having it stripped while he wound up to throw. Scouts appreciate a short, compact release. The ability to get the ball out quick is of high importance, mainly because there is a very limited window of success with an oncoming rush. Footwork in the pocket is key as well. Jay Cutler is infamous for throwing off of his back foot, he’s also infamous for his high number of interceptions. Sense a chain link there? The ability to plant your feet and make a solid throw downfield will heighten the success rate for your throws to make an impact on the offense.

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