A member of the most talented linebacker unit in college football, he possesses the type of all-around skill set that enables him to play pretty much all LB positions . He mainly played SAM ‘backer for the Buckeyes as a junior, Werner was asked to cover Wrs and TEs and had success doing it - there is no reason to expect him unable to do it the pros.
- Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
- Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the ability to separate the ball.
- Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage, is extremely versatile. Despite his build, he holds up well in traffic and makes a lot of plays by engaging a block, shedding, and pursuing.
- Good athlete. Shows a natural feel for pass rushing. Very good lateral agility to shake pass blockers.
- Gives effort between the tackles to find the ball and is willing to take on linemen.
- Tougher between the tackles than many expect. Fluid and quick drop into zone, covers enough ground to be Tampa-2 "MIKE" and knows where the markers are.
- Has enough athleticism to drop in coverage and penetrate the pocket. Has good experience as a four-year starter.
- A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.
- Limited vision and is easily fooled by misdirection. Lacks range and lateral agility in coverage.
- Lacks classic size and has a wiry build. Easily disrupted from the action by blocks.
Werner is a skilled LB who is equally skilled in the pass and running games and will likely be a solid if unspectacular pro starter. He is likely to taken in the third round but might be picked higher by a LB needy team looking for an instant starter.