Björn Werner

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Björn Werner
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Werner with the Colts in 2014
No. 92, 45
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-30) August 30, 1990 (age 27)
Berlin, Germany
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Salisbury (CT)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 81
Quarterback sacks: 6.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Pass deflections: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

Björn Werner (German pronunciation: [bjœɐ̯n ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ]) (born August 30, 1990) is a German-born former American football defensive end. He played college football at Florida State, where he earned All-American recognition, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Early years[edit]

Werner grew up in the Berlin neighborhoods of Wedding and Reinickendorf.[1] He originally played for the Berlin Adler, before attending Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, as an exchange student in 2007, as part of an exchange program organized by Pat Steenberge.[2] He had 54 tackles, including 24 for losses, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries in just eight games, but returned to Germany for his junior year. In 2008, he played in Będzin in U-19 Germany national team against Poland U-19, won 67–0.[citation needed] In 2009, Werner returned to Salisbury, and logged 57 tackles in seven games with three sacks, four forced fumbles and two blocked field goals as a senior.

Despite having played high school football for only two years, Werner was regarded a three-star recruit and ranked the fifth overall prospect in the state of Connecticut by Rivals.com.[3] Werner chose FSU over Oregon, University of Miami, and California, during a National Signing Day telecast on ESPN.[4]

Over spring break 2010, Werner married his girlfriend Denise, whom he had met in tenth grade in Berlin.[5]

College career[edit]

Werner enrolled in Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a member of coach Jimbo Fisher's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2010 through 2012. He appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman, registering 20 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, as a backup of senior defensive end Markus White. In his sophomore season, he took over as starter at left defensive end, registered 37 tackles, including 25 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and 7 sacks for a Florida State defense that ranked second in rushing defense, fourth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense. In his junior season, he had his best collegiate season. He registered 42 tackles, 30 solo stops, 18 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He was voted the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

In preseason mock drafts from May 2012, Werner was listed as a late first-rounder for the 2013 NFL Draft.[6] By mid-season, he had moved up to a top-3 spot.[7] The Seminoles had not seen one of their players selected in the top-3 since Andre Wadsworth in 1998.[8] On January 3, 2013, Werner announced his decision to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.[9] He signed with agent Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency.[10]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 14 in
(1.91 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.81 s 1.67 s 2.78 s 4.40 s 7.30 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected him in the first round, 24th overall.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On July 24, 2013, Werner signed a four-year contract worth $7.9 million featuring a $4.12 million signing bonus. On September 8, 2013, Werner played his first NFL game. During a 21-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, Werner made also his first tackle. In week 15, Werner had his first sack in the NFL against the Houston Texans. During the season, Werner played in 13 games making 18 tackles with 4 passes defended and 2.5 sacks. Werner entered the playoffs with the Colts and played in both of the Colts' playoff games: their Wild Card win over the Kansas City Chiefs and their Divisional Round loss to the New England Patriots.

2014 season[edit]

Werner had 3 tackles in a Week 1 loss against the Denver Broncos. He had his first career two-sack game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. After Week 7, however, his only stat other than tackles was a pass defensed in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.[12] Although he was active for the Colts' playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, he was inactive for their AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots.

2015 season[edit]

Werner appeared in 10 games during the 2015 season, making 13 combined tackles. On March 8, 2016, he was waived by the Colts.[13]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

2016 season[edit]

Werner signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 11, 2016.[14] He was released on August 30, 2016.[15]

Retirement[edit]

On January 15, 2017, during the divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons, Werner, as a color commentator for German broadcaster Sat.1, announced his retirement from professional football, citing ongoing problems from injuries as his reason. Werner will continue his work on supporting young European talents to become players in America and the NFL.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gustke, Axel (December 31, 2012). "Berliner Mauer vor dem Durchbruch". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 
  2. ^ "Football-Talent Björn Werner: Superheld made in Germany". Spiegel. April 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Rivals.com Connecticut Postseason Top 10 2010
  4. ^ From Germany To Florida State Archived November 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Der Plattmacher: Björn Werner haut Amerika um". Bild Zeitung. January 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 30, 2012). "Top 32 for 2013: Barkley headlines a class that already looks deep". CBS Sports. 
  7. ^ Pauline, Tony (November 8, 2012). "Barkevious Mingo, Bjoern Werner, Star Lotulelei in top 50". SI.com. 
  8. ^ The German All-American
  9. ^ "Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner will enter NFL Draft". Orlando Sentinel. January 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Harvey, Coley (January 4, 2013). "Bjoern Werner's 'ultimate dream' comes true with decision to leave FSU for NFL". Orlando Sentinel. 
  11. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=113590&draftyear=2013&genpos=DE
  12. ^ "Bjoern Werner 2014 game logs". NFL.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Indianapolis Colts make roster move". blogs.colts.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ Oehser, John. "Jaguars sign DE Bjoern Werner". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  15. ^ DiRocco, Mike. "Jaguars release DE Bjoern Werner". espn.com. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Exklusiv in SAT.1: Björn Werner gibt Karriere-Ende bekannt". ran.de (in German). Retrieved January 15, 2017. 

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