Recruiting (Class of 2010): Scout.com had Werner rated as a 4-star prospect (at DE), Rivals.com had him rated as a 3-star prospect (at DT). The German born Werner had a mid range offer list including Oregon, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, and California. Coach Coley actually found Werner when going to scout eventual Tight End Signee Will Tye. It is safe to say that Werner was an excellent signing and a 'hit' on the recruiting trail. FSU has struggled with numbers at DE, but Werner is an excellent example (w/ Jenkins, Carradine, White) of HITTING on players.
At FSU: Werner improved every year at Florida State. As a freshmen, he was a back-up to Markus White and Brandon Jenkins, nevertheless he was impressive in limited action. As a sophomore he put together a terrific season where he doubled his sack total (3.5 to 7) and started to develop into a dominating player. Last year he was dynamite early in the year and still produced down the stretch despite receiving plenty of attention from offensive coordinators. He reached double digits in sacks. One thing to remember is that Jenkins injury really affected Werner and his ultimate production. We have to believe that his numbers would have been better across the board with a healthy Jenkins.
FSU does not get the 'money year' (2013) with Werner and that would be the only negative to his stay at FSU. At the same time kids go to college to get better jobs and careers and that is clearly the case with Werner.
As a Pro: Werner is the definition of low risk, in fact he might be 'no risk'. This is a high character, hard working young man and we would move 'all in' on him reaching his ceiling as a pro. What type of pro will he be? That is a little harder to gauge at this time. We would put the floor as a solid rotation DE in the league for 7 plus years and the ceiling in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl. Werner is a relentless pass rusher who still possesses some physical upside. He is intelligent and very coachable, we expect his game to really take off after a couple of years experience in the NFL.
For the Colt's: The Colt's used the 24th pick of the first round on Werner and he will immediately provide a front seven body and potential starter to the equation. Werner has no risk and we expect him to have a long, successful career in the NFL.