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Todd McShay Mock Draft 2013: Bjoern Werner to the Jaguars


The Jacksonville Jaguars can go a myriad of different ways in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the smart lean is towards the defensive line, most notably a pass rusher. That's exactly where ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay went in his latest mock draft.

McShay gives the Jaguars Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner:

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Bjoern Werner*, DE, Florida State

The Jaguars might also hesitate to take a quarterback this early, and they need to improve a pass rush that had a league-low 20 sacks last season. Werner is a good overall player who is also strong against the run and would fit well opposite DE Jason Babin, but is he worth this pick? Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore* is a better athlete but could slip a bit due to growing concerns about maturity.

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Werner would make more sense at the No. 2 position than Damontre Moore would, in my opinion. Werner is quick off the snap and has an explosive first step, unlike Moore, and would fit in that role of the LEO end lining up in a wide-9 or at the 7-technique and getting in the backfield. The biggest issues for Werner are questions about his motor/effort when the play isn't to his side and he needs to get stronger to disengage when offensive lineman get their hands on him.

Clearly though McShay is just projecting need here rather than how much Werner actually fits in the Jaguars system. He notes Werner would be a good fit lining up opposite Babin, which would be true if the Jaguars played a traditional 4-3 defense, but we don't think they will. Werner would actually fill the same role as Babin would on the defense.