Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner has a chance to accomplish what has become a rarity for the Noles -- become a top-10 draft pick.
Since 2001, the Noles have had two top-10 picks in the NFL draft. The last? Linebacker Ernie Sims, who went No. 9 overall to Detroit in 2006. Between 1989-2000, they had nine.
So it is safe to say that Werner is the highest rated Seminoles player to come out in quite some time. Even quarterback Christian Ponder -- who went No. 12 overall to Minnesota in 2011 -- was not expected to go as high as he did. As of today, Scouts Inc., has Werner rated the No. 8 player available in the April draft in its ranking of the top 32 players.
What do scouts like about Werner? Todd McShay describes Werner as "tough as nails" and has a great ability to keep his would-be blockers off balance with his inside and outside quickness. He then makes an interesting comparison:
It's not a perfect comparison, but I do see many of the same qualities that St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long had showed coming out of college. Werner might take a minute to adjust and figure out how to best use his skills, just as Long did, but it's hard for me to imagine him being a bust.
Given what we have seen out of Werner the past several seasons, I completely agree with McShay -- hard to envision any scenario where Werner is a bust, no matter where he is drafted.