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Fansided 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Bjoern Werner


Fansided.com’s latest mock draft is out, and Josh Sanchez broke from his convention of taking a cornerback for the Buccaneers as a throwaway at the 13 selection. In past weeks, I have commented on the foolishness of spending a top 15 pick on players who could be selected later in the draft, especially in a draft with a handful of potential impact corners. So this week’s version of the mock draft has the Buccaneers selecting Bjoern Werner, defensive end from Florida State, an idea I introduced very early in mock draft season.Needless to say, I like this selection very much for the Buccaneers.

But do the Buccaneers like the idea? That will be the question come draft day. Talk has been increasing that Mark Dominik sees Da’Quan Bowers as the starting left defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting across from Adrian Clayborn. Of course, Bowers has some off-the-field issues to deal with, but if he’s a free man at the start of the 2013 season, it appears the plan is for him to start at defensive end. This means that Michael Bennett is likely on his way out the door, as the Buccaneers would be foolish to overspend for a player they deem as a part of a rotation. So would it be worthwhile to draft a player with a first round pick just to compete for time at defensive end?

For a team that finished near the bottom in the NFL in sacks, any help along the defensive line should be considered. A healthy Da’Quan Bowers would obviously be a boost, as would a healthy Adrian Clayborn. But Werner has a chance to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL who is sturdy enough to defend the run as well. He’s still learning some aspects of the game of football, and it is exciting to think how much better he can be. Even if Mark Domink is sold on Bowers and Clayborn as the solution at the defensive end positions, the fact remains that Werner would be the best player available, making him an attractive option to add talent to the defense.

What do you think, Bucs fans? Given the players available, is there someone else you would have selected, if you were the boss? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/allen.s.denton Allen Denton

    Could the bucs draft this guy and move either him or bowers or claybourne to defensive takel. I think maybe Werner could move inside especially on passing downs but idk for sure. What do you think?

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      I don’t think Werner is big enough to move inside. In fact, he’s been tested as a linebacker at the combine, as well as at defensive line. Clayborn might be big enough to play Gerald’s position, but we would need someone big enough to fill Roy Miller’s position, and none of the guys at end are big or strong enough for that. On passing downs it might be okay to have Clayborn inside but on running downs you’d need a bigger guy in there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/allen.s.denton Allen Denton

        Would Werner be good enough to be a line backer full time. Would he be reliable for pass coverages cuz if not I would rather draft a true line backer maybe one of Georgia’s or a defensive takle that can rush the passer when needed

        • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

          Nah I don’t think Werner could be a 4-3 linebacker. If we take a non-corner in the first it will likely be a defensive end to play end if Bennett doesn’t return, or a tackle to replace Roy Miller if he walks. Other than that, we’re probably going to take a corner. I’ve tossed around the idea of a linebacker but we only need a SAM linebacker and we don’t use that position that often.

        • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

          Nah I don’t think Werner could be a 4-3 linebacker. If we take a non-corner in the first it will likely be a defensive end to play end if Bennett doesn’t return, or a tackle to replace Roy Miller if he walks. Other than that, we’re probably going to take a corner. I’ve tossed around the idea of a linebacker but we only need a SAM linebacker and we don’t use that position that often.