2015 NFL DRAFT

Bjoern Werner, DE

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 266 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 21. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Blessed with a quick first step, heavy hands and surprising instincts given the fact that the German-native has played only five years of American football, Werner (6-3, 266) is the surest of this year's talented defensive-line class. He does not possess Ansah's upside, but is currently a more polished and productive player, having earned the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 with 18 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 13. DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State (6-3, 266, 3JR)...Although his motor runs hot/cold at times, Werner shows an excellent blend of speed, power and first-step quickness for a player still learning the game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/08/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: There were 32 teams represented at Florida State Pro Day on March 19. They ran outdoors and the field was damp due to prior rain. It was about 70 degrees. Bjoern Werner DE (6-3 ??, 261 pounds) - He kept everything he did at the combine. He looked outstanding in the positional drills. Werner is a very, very good athlete. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/19/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Like Manuel, Werner, Rhodes and Watson declined to run the 40-yard dash but participated in other drills. Werner, a native of Berlin, Germany, was a defensive end for the Seminoles but showed off his versatility by running linebacker drills. "I got good feedback from a few coaches," Werner said. "I think the big thing with Pro Day is just the coaches are going to come out there and tell you what to do and you're going to have to pick it up right away and don't do it wrong. I think that's what I did ... I didn't mess anything up." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2013 - Werner didn't know any English when he came to the States, but said he learned it in "two or three months." He also mentioned that he wants to start a pipeline so foreign football fans like him have the opportunity to play in America, a country he now calls home. "I love America, I love the culture," Werner said. "If I didn't love it, I wouldn't be here."

Werner is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 overall prospect in this draft class and projected top-10 pick. On the field, he is a productive pass rusher, coming off a junior season in which he led the ACC with 13 sacks. Although he says that he has his strengths, Werner admits he doesn't necessarily shine in one particular area. "There is nothing I'm lacking of really bad, but there is nothing where I stand out really good," Werner said. "But that's my goal. I want to be an overall defensive end who can be in on every situation. I can handle it." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2013 - Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner is a potential top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the journey has been a long one from his native Germany. In fact, that's the first question NFL teams ask him about. "First question from teams is to explain why you're here, how'd you come over here," Werner said. "And that takes a long 10 minutes trying to explain everything." Werner, who played six years of soccer growing up, started playing flag football in sixth grade when he was 12 years old, falling in love with the sport. He also mentioned playing the "Madden" video game quite a bit just to learn the NFL game.

Werner came to the United States in high school as part of student exchange program for aspiring football players and said he hasn't looked back. "It's been a great journey, so exciting," Werner said. "This is just another step right here. Coming from Germany, dreaming about and watching the combine and just being here right now, it's just amazing." Wait, you watched the combine in Germany when you were a kid? "Yep, online," Werner responded. "Every year, it was a big event." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 5. Florida State: The loaded Noles defense was stacked on the D-line going into the 2012 season, but injuries took their toll and now FSU loses standout DE Bjoern Werner (18 TFLs, 13 sacks). Worse still, CB Xavier Rhodes, a stud in the secondary (three INTs), also has jumped. Menelik Watson, who emerged at OT in 2012, will be missed on the O-line, but junior Bobby Hart has some experience and figures to get a long look in the spring as the replacement. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/04/2013 - When the 2012 regular season ended, Bjoern Werner wasn't absolutely convinced he should declare for the NFL Draft. But after the Seminoles' ACC championship victory, the Florida State junior began talking it over with his coaches - primarily FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and departing defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot. That's when his mind was made up. "It was the feedback I got from the coaches," Werner said Friday during a conference call. "The people I talked to, who talked to NFL scouts ... they just said where I'm projected to go, I can't really improve that much.

Most players in Werner's situation discuss the pros and cons of leaving college early with family members, but the 260-pound German didn't really have that option. That's because his parents, who both live in Germany, were completely unfamiliar with the NFL Draft process. "They don't understand half of it," Werner said with a laugh. "They think I'm in the NFL already. I had to say, ???No, it's a five-month process before you get drafted.' "It's hard to explain the whole draft. Because in soccer the player picks the team - just whoever gives them more money. ... Here, everything is the opposite of soccer. It's hard to explain, but I tried my best." - Corey Clark, The Tallahassee Democrat

01/03/2013 - Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad. Werner joins cornerback Xavier Rhodes as Seminoles who have decided to leave Tallahassee early for the NFL.

Werner is NFLDraftScout's No. 1-ranked defensive end for April's draft and is currently the No. 2 overall prospect on the draft board, behind Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel. For a look at where he might fit in the top-five, check out the mock draft analysis.

A native of Berlin, Germany, Werner played two seasons of high school football as an exchange student before arriving at Florida State. He played in every game for the Seminoles for the last three years, including the past two as a starter. Werner finished the 2012 season with an ACC-best 13.0 sacks and team-high 18.0 tackles for loss, adding 40 tackles and seven pass break-ups.

With his combination of quickness and strength, Werner's play is reminiscent of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, who was drafted second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Werner has good get-off quickness and bend to beat blockers off the snap. He has room to improve his motor and chase skills against the run, but his natural instincts and upside makes him an attractive pass-rushing prospect for teams selecting in the top-five. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2013 - Florida State All-American defensive end Bjoern Werner will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. "I'm grateful to Coach Fisher and Florida State for giving me the opportunity to be a Seminole and play for one of the top college football programs in the country," Werner said. "I've learned so much from the coaches especially Coach [D.J.] Eliot and have been able to play with some of the best players in the country. After sitting down with my wife Denise and gathering as much information, I've decided to move on and enter the NFL draft. I've enjoyed my time at FSU and will cherish the time I spent as a Seminole."

Werner was one of the most versatile and disruptive defensive ends in the nation who ranks seventh in the NCAA in sacks per game and second in total sacks (13). In 2012, he finished with 42 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and eight pass breakups. He entered the Orange Bowl leading the nation in yards accumulated on tackles behind the line of scrimmage (134). Only one player in FSU history has recorded more sacks in their first three seasons than Werner and that is Peter Boulware.

After just two years of high school football in the US, Werner amassed 35 TFL, 23.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in three seasons in Tallahassee. - Florida State football

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Bjoern Werner was voted the ACC defensive player of the year and then named a first-team All-American. His 13 sacks led the ACC, and 1.08 sacks per game were third-best nationally. He was a dominating player in every game this season. His background is more amazing. He grew up in Berlin, Germany and played only two years of high school football before blossoming at FSU. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: DE - Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State...Werner was selected the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0). - Florida State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: DL Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-4 255 Jr., Berlin, Germany...Werner was selected the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0). - Florida State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: DL - x-Bjoern Werner (Unanimous), Florida State, 6-4, 255, junior...Werner (Berlin, Germany) was selected the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0). - Florida State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DL Bjoern Werner, Jr., Florida State...Werner (Berlin, Germany) was selected the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0). - Florida State football

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (21), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.

Werner led the Atlantic Coast Conference in sacks this season with 13, was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year by both the media and coaches, and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award. - Florida State football

12/11/2012 - 2012 ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, Jr., Berlin, Germany (9)...Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner (Berlin, Germany) was selected the league's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0). Defensive Player of the Year Voting by the ACC Coaches: 1. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (9)...2. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)...3. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (1). - ACC football

12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State (89)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Werner, a junior, earned more first-team votes than any defender in the conference. He leads the ACC in sacks (13.0) and is second in tackles for loss (18.0) for the league's top-rated defensive unit. Teaming with Carradine, a senior who leads the ???Noles in tackles (80) and is second in sacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (13.0), they form the most productive defensive end tandem in the league. It marks the first time the Seminoles have had both starting defensive ends earn first-team All-ACC honors since the dynamic 1996 tandem of All-Americans Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson. "They've been great all year," Fisher said. "I saw Boulware and Wilson. I didn't get to coach with them, and I know their numbers might have been a little higher, but these guys are pretty dadgum good themselves." - Florida State football

11/29/2012 - 2012 TED HENDRICKS DEFENSIVE END OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: BJOERN WERNER - FLORIDA STATE 6'4" 255 lbs JR...Werner is the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is tied for first in the nation with 13 sacks and is second in the ACC in tackles for loss (18). A native of Berlin, Germany, Werner came to the United States as a high school exchange student and attended Salisbury High in Connecticut. He has played in all 39 games since arriving at Florida State and has recorded 23.5 career sacks. Werner has also been recognized as one of the top student-athletes in his class. He joins Jadeveon Clowney as a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy. - The Ted Hendricks Foundation

11/29/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: While the Seminoles lost to Florida on Saturday, Werner had a monster game. He had six tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. Most of his impact plays, including the fumble recovery, came in the third quarter, helping Florida State to erase a 10-point halftime deficit. Werner now has 13 sacks, which is tied for the most in the nation, and he is second in the ACC with 18 tackles for loss.

Season stats (12 games): 39 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, forced fumble, fumble recovery, 7 pass breakups. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 7 overall and is the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State takes on Georgia Tech on Saturday in the ACC Championship. This will be a different test for Werner considering the Yellow Jackets run an option offense. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/28/2012 - 2012 ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, a 6-4, 255-pound defensive end from Berlin, Germany, whose 13 sacks lead the ACC, and 1.08 sacks per game are third-best nationally, is the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in the conference for 2012 in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Werner was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, the first and last weeks of the regular season. In the Seminoles' final game of the regular season, Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. He is the ACC's career active leader in sacks with 23.5 and is one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, announced last week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. He is the sixth Seminole to win the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year award (Derrick Brooks - 1993, Derrick Alexander - 1994, Peter Boulware - 1996, Andre Wadsworth - 1997, Darnell Docket - 2003).

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said, "There is not a more well-deserving award than this one for Bjoern, who's had an unbelievable year for us and his statistics prove it...but his worth goes well beyond his statistics." ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (27), Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (9), Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland (3), Nick Clancy, LB, Boston College (3), Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (2), Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State (1), Russ Cockrell, CB, Duke (1). - Florida State football

11/27/2012 - Week 13 Rewind: While Werner was the big story today, Carradine entered the weekend leading the Seminoles in tackles (69), tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (10.5). He once again finished with another impressive statline in this contest (game-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss) despite being knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent right knee injury. He was held to just half a sack, however, as Florida senior left tackle Xavier Nixon answered the call with one of the more inspired efforts of his career.

As such, on multiple occasions when Werner did beat Green off the snap, he actually slowed down and flattened out, trapping Driskel in the middle of the field rather than allowing him to extend plays with his legs. Doing this put Werner in position to gather the "fumble" between Driskel and Gillislee, a turnover that sparked Florida State's 17-0 third quarter run before the Gators would pull away in the fourth quarter to win.

With his 3.5 quarterback takedowns against Florida, Werner will take over the Seminoles and ACC lead with 13 sacks, likely positioning himself to earn All-American honors. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/2012 - Week 13 Rewind: German-Born Werner Bringing Back All-American Tradition to FSU...Some universities are known for producing NFL prospects at certain positions. Wisconsin is well known for churning out NFL offenive linemen is a primary example. For years, NFL teams looking for linebackers headed to Penn State. Perhaps most famous of all is Southern California, well known by their nickname of Tailback U.

Throughout much of his Hall of Fame career at Florida State, former head coach Bobby Bowden (and his defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews) relied on speedy pass rushers off the edge. In German-born junior Bjoern Werner, the Seminoles could have their highest rated defensive lineman since Andre Wadsworth, a former pupil of Bowden's (and Andrews'), was made the No. 3 overall pick of the 1998 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Werner, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 rated prospect overall, proved well worthy of his grade in an intra-state showdown with Florida Gators, registering 3.5 sacks of quarterback Jeff Driskel and plucking a ball out of the air after the sophomore passer and his running back Mike Gillislee botched an exchange. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/2012 - Week 13 Rewind: It wasn't just the production that Werner enjoyed in this contest that should have scouts pushing the FSU junior up their holiday wish list -- it was the blend of speed, awareness and technique that Werner employed while doing so.

Possessing an explosive first step off the ball, Werner frequently was able to beat Florida redshirt sophomore right tackle Chaz Green with a simple speed rush. Against a mobile quarterback like Driskel, however, Werner couldn't just pin his ears back as a rusher; he and fellow sack-master Cornellius "Tank" Carradine had to keep the Florida quarterback contained in the pocket. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/2012 - 11/26/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State...While it hardly came as a surprise (currently No. 5 overall in my current mock draft), Werner had an outstanding performance in the loss to Florida on Saturday. He finished the game with a crucial fumble recovery and 3.5 sacks, giving him 13.0 on the season, which leads the nation along with South Carolina sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney. On the season, Werner also has 18.0 tackles for loss (second in the ACC) and seven passes defended.

A German exchange student, he started playing football in high school just five years ago and is still developing, but already shows outstanding football awareness, reading the ballcarrier and batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. Werner has a quick first step and strong hands to win the edge and get around blockers, using his body strength and feet to flatten to the pocket. Listed at 6-4 and 256 pounds, he isn't a flashy athlete, but his play and skill-set are very reminiscent of Rams defensive end Chris Long, who was drafted second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Junior, DE, 6-4, 255, Berlin, Germany Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in Florida State's 37-26 loss to No. 6 Florida. He finished the game with six tackles, including four solo stops, while sacking Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel twice in the first and 1.5 more times in the second half. His recovery of a Driskel fumble and 9-yard return set up Florida State's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter as the Seminoles rallied from a 13-3 deficit with 17 unanswered points. His play earned him National Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards. - ACC football

11/22/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner had four tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two tackles for loss against an injury-depleted Maryland team on Saturday. The Terrapins managed just 170 yards against Werner and the Seminoles' defense. Werner is second in the ACC with 9.5 sacks, and he is third in the league with 14.5 tackles for loss. He has only registered a sack in two of his last eight games.

Season stats (11 games): 33 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, forced fumble, 7 pass breakups. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and is the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State hosts Florida on Saturday. The Gators are ranked No. 104 nationally in total offense, averaging 332.9 yards per game. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/22/2012 - One day after his coach, Jimbo Fisher, told reporters Florida State's best juniors would be wrong to start peeking at potentially looming dates with NFL Draft destiny, Seminoles junior defensive end Bjoern Werner indicated that his mind was fully focused on the blue- and orange-clad team from Gainesville. Draft? What draft? Such a thing doesn't currently exist in Werner's psyche. FSU plays Florida at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. "I'm just going to finish the season and think about it after the season," Werner said late Tuesday evening. "If I start thinking too early about it, it's going to mess up my game."

Almost verbatim, that's essentially the same thing Fisher said when he spoke into the news cameras and notepads and voice recorders before him a day earlier. But Werner took it a couple of steps further. "Now that we have the big games -- Florida, the ACC Championship and then hopefully we get to play in the Orange Bowl -- I can't think about that stuff. It's going to hurt me," said the defensive end. - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel

11/21/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (6-4, 255, Jr., Berlin, Germany): German-born player has sparkled for the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. He has 29 tackles (22 unassisted). He has 12.5 tackles for 84 yards in losses, of which eight of those are sacks for 69 yards in losses. He has broken up six passes and deflected six passes, hurried the quarterback five times and forced a fumble. Werner is the third Florida State finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Derrick Brooks, 1993; Sam Cowart, 1997). - Charlotte TD Club

11/17/2012 - Scouts would be wise to notice Nagurski finalists: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State*: If the Nagurski Trophy was awarded just based on the player's name rather than on his ability to impact games from the defensive side of the ball, the German-born Werner might still have earned a spot among the finalists. Werner, however, is much more than an interesting name or story, he's also among the best defenders in the country, earning a spot in the top 11 of Dane Brugler's and my current mock drafts.

At 6-4, 255 pounds Werner is explosive off the edge and has ranked among the nation's leading sack artists all season long and currently has eight quarterback takedowns. He's not just a pass rusher, however, demonstrating surprising recognition as a run defender and in getting his hands up to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage (six deflections). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/14/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner did not fill the stat sheet last Thursday at Virginia Tech. He only had two tackles and a pass breakup. Werner is second in the ACC with eight sacks and fourth in tackles for loss (12.5). Season stats (10 games): 29 tackles, 8 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, forced fumble, 6 pass breakups. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and is the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State plays at Maryland on Saturday. Because of injuries the Terrapins have LB Shawn Petty at quarterback. If the Seminoles allow double-digit points this weekend, it will be a surprise. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida State at Virginia Tech, Nov. 8 -- This matchup will be the 13th in a row between the teams when at least one of these teams has been nationally ranked. It will be nearly two weeks between games for Florida State, while Virginia Tech will be playing on a Thursday night for the second week in a row. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Seminoles will want to keep the pressure on a Virginia Tech defense that has been susceptible to big plays. This marks Florida State's first venture outside its home state since the upset loss at North Carolina State. That was the only other time the Seminoles left the Sunshine State this season. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Bjoern Werner -- He has 29.5 career tackles for loss, tying for the 15th-highest total in school history. The junior has 12.5 of those this year to lead the ACC in that category. - The Sports Xchange

11/07/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner is tied for the league lead with eight sacks and is second in the ACC with 12.5 tackles for loss. He helps lead a defense that is first nationally in total defense (227.1 yards per game), third in rushing defense (72.9 ypg), and third in scoring defense (12 points per game). Season stats (nine games): 27 tackles, 8 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and is the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State plays at Virginia Tech on Thursday. The Hokies have given up 16 sacks in nine games. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner had three tackles and 1.5 sacks in Saturday's 33-20 win over rival Miami. It was the first game Werner registered a sack since Sept. 15, against Wake Forest. The Seminoles' defense had another dominant performance, limiting the Hurricanes to 258 total yards and just 29 rushing yards. Season stats (eight games): 24 tackles, 8 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 7 overall and is the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State hosts Duke in a matchup that pits the current Atlantic Division leader against the current Coastal Division leader. The Blue Devils rank No. 27 nationally, allowing 1.25 sacks per game. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner had another quiet game against Boston College with just one tackle, a pass breakup, and a quarterback hurry. However, the Seminoles got back on track with a 51-7 win, and the defense gave up just 225 total yards. Werner was off to a fast start but has managed zero sacks and one tackle for loss in his last four games. Season stats (seven games): 21 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State travels to take on in-state rival Miami. Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris had to leave last week's game against North Carolina with an ankle injury and may not play this week. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner had three tackles, one tackle for loss, and one pass break-up in Florida State's 17-16 loss at NC State. On the whole, it was a disappointing performance from the Seminoles' front seven. NC State was playing without three starters along its offensive line, but Florida State managed just one sack on the night. For the season, Werner is still tied for fifth nationally in sacks (6.5) and tied for ninth in tackles for loss (10). Season stats (six games): 20 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State returns home to take on a struggling Boston College team. The Eagles have allowed 11 sacks in their first five games. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner is No. 3 nationally with 6.5 sacks on the season and No. 13 with nine tackles for loss, but he has not had a sack or tackle for loss in the last two games. He had just two tackles and a pass breakup in Saturday night's 30-17 win at South Florida. Season stats (five games): 17 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 8 overall and the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State plays at NC State on Saturday. The Wolfpack have surrendered 16 sacks in their first five games, allowing 3.2 sacks per game which is No. 111 nationally. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - ACC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 1. DE Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 255, Florida State: Why he has the top spot: Werner leads the nation with 6.5 sacks through the first four weeks. He had 4 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries and a pass breakup in Saturday's 49-37 win over Clemson on Saturday night. His stat line might not look impressive, but the attention he received from Clemson allowed fellow defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine to have a big game (7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss). Season stats (four games): 15 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Werner is ranked No. 7 overall and the top defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State travels to take on South Florida on Saturday. The Bulls have only allowed three sacks on the season. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/22/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Clemson at Florida State, Sept. 22 -- In many ways, this is an even bigger game for Florida State than a year ago against Oklahoma in Doak Campbell Stadium. There are similarities. Night game. National broadcast. The game of the day. But in this case, it's an ACC game and the Seminoles are two-touchdown favorites to prove their worth in the national landscape. It's a must win for them if they want to avoid the emotional fallout that will occur among their fans and within the program. Not to mention, Clemson would have to lose twice in the ACC and FSU would have to win out. Yes, this is the biggest game of the Jimbo Fisher era. KEYS TO THE GAME; The Seminoles need a solid start to maintain their emotions and keep the crowd stoked. A quick Clemson touchdown, or two, would take the electricity out of the place and cast doubt if FSU is not worthy of its hype. FSU's passing game, in particular, has not started fast. But the Seminoles' tailbacks have taken over. We'll see if they can do it against a quality defense.The Seminoles defense will be tested by a far better array of players and scheme than this group has played so far. But it will be FSU's defense that decides this game. When FSU had all of its great teams, defense controlled. This group has the gaudy stats because of the competition. Now it will be up to them to prove it. This is the first time in five years the ACC can boast a matchup of two top-10 ranked teams. The league has only 10 such matchups since 1981 and six of those have involved Florida State. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Florida State Bjoern Werner ranks secondly nationally in quarterback sacks. Werner, from Berlin, Germany, is averaging 2.17 sacks per game. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2012 - DE Bjoern Werner recorded a QB sack and 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Savannah State, which places him on the Top 20 list at FSU for TFLs. Werner moves past former standout Seminoles Kamerion Wimbley and Corey Simon for 20th all-time with 23.5 TFLs. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - WEEK 1 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-4, 255, Berlin, Germany Werner turned in one of the top defensive individual performances in Florida State history as the No. 7 Seminoles defeated Murray State 69-3 in Saturday's season-opener. In just over one half of play, Werner registered five solo tackles - all of which came behind the line of scrimmage for minus-30 yards. Four of the tackles were quarterback sacks, accounting for minus-28 yards and matching the most by an FSU player since Alonzo Jackson recorded four at Louisville in 2002. Werner's five tackles for loss came up one shy of the 45-year-old school record set by Dale McCullers against Memphis State in 1967. In addition to his tackles, Werner forced a fumble and broke up a pass. His performance earned him National Defensive Performer and National Defensive Lineman of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards, and the national Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. - ACC football

09/04/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State: Werner started his season on a great note with four sacks and five tackles for loss against an overmatched Murray State team. Werner had seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss all last season. Now, more will be on Werner's plate as news came down that Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins would miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. The Seminoles play another FCS opponent in Savannah State before jumping into conference play. Werner's first real test will come against Clemson on Sept. 22. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Savannah State, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3). - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 LOTT IMPACT PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Florida State Defensive End Bjoern Werner has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. Werner recorded four sacks, had another tackle for loss, forced a fumble and broke up one pass in the Seminoles' 69-3 opening weekend rout of Murray State, 69-3. Florida State held Murray to 39 rushing yards. In recognition of Werner's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Florida State. Werner is a 6-4, 275-pound junior from Berlin who played his high school football in Connecticut. Said Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher: "When the lights come on, he (Werner) just can play the game - rush, stop, bat the ball, plays the run. He's just an instinctive and a heck of a football player. He has a great motor." An interview with Werner can be heard at halftime of Saturday's Oklahoma State-Arizona game on Sports USA Radio Network. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

09/01/2012 - Lonnie Pryor, James Wilder Jr., and Debrale Smiley combined for seven rushing touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 7 Florida State to a 69-3 win over Murray State. Pryor ran for three TDs, and Smiley and Wilder added two apiece. Wilder finished with 106 yards rushing. Florida State (1-0) scored on their first touch of the new season on Rashad Greene's 47-yard punt return just 89 seconds into the game. EJ Manuel passed for 188 yards and a touchdown before retiring midway in the third quarter. Murray State's Casey Brockman passed for 117 yards, but was intercepted once and sacked six times, including four by Bjoern Werner. The Seminoles totaled 606 yards while holding Murray State (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision school, to 156 yards. Murray State managed 39 yards rushing against the Seminoles, who return most of the defensive unit that finished last season ranked fourth nationally in total defense. Pryor sandwiched a pair of 1-yard scoring runs around an 18-yard TD and Wilder scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards. Smiley scored twice on 1-yard runs. Murray State failed to capitalize on its first scoring threat when Jordan Benton's 35-yard field goal try sailed wide left. Benton did connect later in the second quarter on a 28 yard kick to pull the Racers to within 21-3. And that was it. - AP Sports

09/01/2012 - No team is so blessed with talent that losing a productive pass rusher like Jenkins is going to go unnoticed. The Seminoles, however, are seemingly as well prepared to handle the potential loss of Jenkins as any team in the country. FSU is athletic and deep up front and features another star at the opposite defensive end position in junior Bjoern Werner, a German native who was actually a more impressive all-around player for the Seminoles a season ago than the more hyped Jenkins. Werner, who posted 11 tackles for loss, including seven sacks in 2011, had registered three tackles for loss (two sacks) by the end in the first half against Murray State. Florida State is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball but one of the primary reasons why they've earned so much hype entering the year was their talent on the defensive line and in the secondary. The loss of Jenkins for any amount of time could endanger a defense that already suffered huge losses to their deep patrol. Repeated off-field problems led to the Seminoles releasing cornerback and return specialist Greg Reid (who subsequently signed with Valdosta State and suffered a season-ending knee injury just three days ago). This loss has only made junior cornerback Xavier Rhodes' reportedly slow recovery from a knee injury suffered in the bowl game win over Notre Dame that much more of a concern for the Florida State faithful. Rhodes, who intercepted his first pass of the season against Murray State in te first quarter, is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 prospect at the position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 17. - The Sports XchangeBjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Blessed with as talented a roster as there is in the country, you can expect a great deal of buzz this season around the Seminoles. While Werner is overshadowed a bit, the German-born junior might be the most pro-ready prospect on the team due to his size (6-4, 273), strength and tenacity. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/16/2012 - When Florida State released its official roster for the start of 2012 season, a number that jumped out to observant Florida State fans was the weight of junior defensive end Bjoern Werner. After enrolling at FSU as a 264-pound freshman in 2010, Werner played closer to 275 pounds for most of his sophomore season. But when the 2012 roster was released, Werner was listed at 6-foot-4, 255 - a full 20 pounds lighter than the year before. While that seemed like a drastic shift for a player who was plenty productive - Werner ranked second on the team last season with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks - the junior insists it will only make him more effective. "I'm in much better shape, and now I can fly around more," Werner said. "Last year, after five plays, I was tired. Now I can go 20 plays, and I'm not tired at all." Like fellow defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who dropped about 10 pounds in the offseason, Werner said his weight loss was intentional. He said he wanted to reduce his body fat, and he was able to do that by 3 percent. "That was 10 pounds straight of fat," Werner said. "What's that going to do for me?" Although he is listed at 255, Werner said he will play this season closer to 260 or 265 pounds. And he said he actually can lift more weight in a variety of exercises - the bench press, squat and power clean - than he could at his old size. - Corey Clark, The Tallahassee Democrat

08/12/2012 - For future reference, when asking Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about the high expectations college football analysts have for his defense this season, tread lightly. While the coach is happy to see that so many hold the unit in such high esteem, he hopes to see more patience exercised from here on in conversations about it. "It's a trait of our society," he said. "We try to make things so good [that] even when you play good, you can't reach the expectations everybody thinks you [can]," Fisher said Sunday during FSU's preseason media day. "You got to be careful of the expectations that you make them so unbelievable that they can't live up to them." After finishing 2011 ranked fourth in the nation in total defense and second against the run, the Seminoles are expected to have one of the country's most feared defenses this season. They lost just four starters and bring back a deep and talented group that is anchored by recent prized recruits Mario Edwards Jr., Ronald Darby and Eddie Goldman. "The day we walk in here, you have those expectations of going in here and playing great defense each and every day. I've never denied that," defensive coordinator Mark Stoops said. "We're trying to improve, but let's not forget, the bottom line here is to win. To win games. ... It's not about being the No. 1 total defense in the country, it's not about the hype. It's about winning games." - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: BJOERN WERNER, FLORIDA STATE, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Florida State's German-born defensive end may be one of the country's best players the casual fan doesn't yet know about. Playing opposite Jenkins as a first-time starter as a sophomore a season ago, Werner knocked down an uncanny eight passes and had an interception while also posting 37 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. - FSU football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Florida State's German-born defensive end may be one of the country's best players the casual fan doesn't yet know about. Playing opposite Jenkins as a first-time starter as a sophomore a season ago, Werner knocked down an uncanny eight passes and had an interception while also posting 37 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. - FSU football

06/15/2012 - Top-five Florida State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE Bjoern Werner (6-4, 270)...One of the most enjoyable defensive players to watch in college football is the German-born defensive end from Florida State. A foreign-exchange student, Werner (pictured above) didn't begin playing football until he was 15, instantly falling in love with the sport. He bounced between Germany and the U.S. during high school before choosing to play collegiately at Florida State, choosing the Seminoles over Oregon. Werner saw limited action as a true freshman back-up in 2010 with 20 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He was named one of the team MVPs the following spring and earned a starting job at left defensive end. Werner turned heads as a sophomore starter last season, making a name for himself as both a pass rusher and run stuffer with his strong, but fast style of play. He finished 2011 with 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, just behind Brandon Jenkins for the team lead in both categories. Werner is naturally powerful with the foot quickness and developing technique to set up and defeat blockers at the point of attack. His nonstop motor, love for the game and obvious passion shows up on every play and has NFL scouts thinking first round for the German edge rusher. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 16. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Blessed with as talented a roster as there is in all of college football, you can expect a great deal of buzz this season around the Seminoles. While he's overshadowed a bit, the German-born junior might be the most pro-ready prospect on the team already due to his size (6-4, 273), strength and tenacity. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 273 (Berlin): German native with little experience in football, but came on last year to record 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks...Academic All-District...Married. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
 
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 21. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Blessed with a quick first step, heavy hands and surprising instincts given the fact that the German-native has played only five years of American football, Werner (6-3, 266) is the surest of this year's talented defensive-line class. He does not possess Ansah's upside, but is currently a more polished and productive player, having earned the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 with 18 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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