As I stated in my most recent article, the Lions should focus solely on defense in the early rounds. Martin Mayhew has said he needs playmakers on defense and the draft is the place to start. I decided to do a little research on the two prospects most likely to be the 5th overall choice for the Lions come April, Damontre Moore and Bjoern Werner.
As my search began, I came to the conclusion of discarding highlight videos and videos suggesting their respective best "plays" of the season, and focus on every snap of crucial games were each played top tier talent along the offensive line, and the offensive unit. Many things came into account. How they fared versus the emerging read option, burst off-the-line, ability against the run, ability as a pass rusher, and overall athleticism.
On Werner, I watched six of his games focusing on key games such as Miami, Florida, and Virginia Tech. So here we go.
Strengths: Werner's best attribute are his hands, which are much comparable to J.J Watt of the Houston Texans. He takes on blocks and sheds them in the run game. Gets off the ball very well. Has good combination of speed and power in rushing technique. Shows off well rounded strength when bull rushing and in goaline formations. Has great instincts. Has tremendous outside move using hands to get back inside of offensive tackles.
Weaknesses: Werner doesn't have tremendous athleticism, though registering at 6'4 255 Lbs. His motor to me, wasn't as good as Damontre Moore, although many have raved about it.
Overall Assessment: Bjoern Werner is a very solid player overall. Has a good first step, stout versus the run, and has a very high football IQ. His hands are terrific, and looks to be a player able to step in and make an immediate contribution. Werner has all the tools to be a successful De in the Lions system, while Suh and Fairley are drawing double teams.