A sneak preview of some of the top college football prospects, Part III

We’ve already begun taking a look at some of the top prospects in the 2013 draft with Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz.  This will be Part III of our installment.  Here were Parts I and II:

Part I: Luke Joeckel (OT, Texas A&M), Geno Smith (QB, West Virginia), Matt Barkley (QB, USC)

Part II: Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah), Jarvis Jones (OLB, Georgia), Manti Te’o (LB, Notre Dame)

This week we’ll hear Tommy’s thoughts on a few more defensive front seven players: DE Bjoern Werner of Florida State, DT Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State, and DE Damontre Moore of Texas A&M.

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The interesting thing about Werner is that he could play in a 3-4 as an OLB because he’s got that big frame at 6’4, 255, and he’s a decent athlete, or he could play DE in a 4-3.  So he’s a guy that could be of interest (for either system).  If you wanted him to bulk up to 270 because the new coaching staff wants bigger players, he can do it.  If you look at a guy like Justin Smith who plays now for the Niners, when he came out of Missouri he was 6’3, 260-270 pounds, and he has played as heavy as 285-290. He has also played as low as 265-270.  Some guys can alter their bodies to whatever the coaches want.  Werner has that kind of frame that can adjust to whatever the coaching staff wants, and I think that’s a nice asset to have.

He has 23.5 career sacks, 35 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, and 16 pass breakups.  That tells you he’s good with his hands, and he bats a lot of passes down.  One of the other things I like about Werner is the fact that he can shed blocks. So often when you watch college prospects, guys use their speed to get off the edge, or they use quickness or a move, and they’re able to beat offensive tackles because they’re just better athletes.   When I watched Aldon Smith a few years ago I knew that he was going to be a good pass rusher because he had violent hands, and he had the ability to shed blocks. With so many young prospects, if they don’t beat you with their initial burst or a spin move or whatever they do, they can’t shed the block.  But Werner can.

 

Continued at the Allentown Morning Call…

 

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