The Jacksonville Jaguars select Bjoern Werner
The Jacksonville Jaguars will have an interesting decision to make during the 2013 NFL draft. It’s all contingent on what the Kansas City Chiefs do on draft day, and the good news is the teams with the 1st pick, usually announce before the draft who they are going to pick. After careful examination, I predict the Chiefs will select Geno Smith and the Jaguars will select Bjoern Werner. If the Chiefs passed on Smith, then I could see the Jaguars selecting him, but with that opportunity gone. The Jaguars will pick the defensive end from Florida State in Werner.
There are a few reasons for this decision. The first is that it has been highly speculated that the Jags would select somebody like Jarvis Jones or Damontre Moore, but those players aren’t the best fits for Gus Bradley’s 4-3 scheme. Jones in particular is a freakish athlete and scheme diverse, but putting him in a 4-3 scheme will not be as impactful as the 3-4. Jones and Moore fit better in 3-4 systems. However the biggest reason for Werner is the state he plays in. Werner plays in Florida, and the Jags are in Florida. Scouts typically have more information about a team or a particular player in the region they are in proximity to.
They usually get to know all the coaches and players by name in most cases as a result. Knowing more information about a player on top of being a Top 5 talent, means Werner will be a safe pick for the Jags. Now the Jags can also draft Star Lotulelei, and not miss a step also, but Werner feels like the right decision. Werner fills a need in his pass rushing abilities, and the Jags should have enough information to make a determination about his future with a lot of certainty. Bottom-line, the Jags can’t mess up this pick, and Werner would be the best fit.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.