Indianapolis Colts pick Björn Werner

Category: EFAF - published 2013-04-26 by EFAF

Björn Werner from Berlin (Germany) is the first football player who began his career in Europe, who was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. In 2013 he will start his professional career with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts picked him as 24th player overall in the 2013 Draft at New York City. In the Colts team Werner will be a teammate of quarterback Andrew Luck, son of former Frankfurt Galaxy general manager and NFL Europe President Oliver Luck. Due to Lucks pnenomenal start into his NFL quarterbacking career the Colts widely are seen as a team with a great perspective for the immediate future. Moreover, the team of Indianapolis is undergoing some rebuilding anyway, making it easier for newcomers to make the starting line-up. For Werner the Colts should provide a perfect home.

Werner is one of the best pass rushers of this year’s class of college graduates, players who attack the opposing quarterback as early as possible. As a member of the Indianapolis Colts he soon could battle against Sebastian Vollmer (started his career with the Düsseldorf Panther) and the New England Patriots for the top spot in the American Football Conference of the U.S. professional league. Vollmer’s task in the offensive line is to just fight off these attacks of pass rushers on his own quarterback. A German-German duel in 2013 in the NFL however will come at the earliest in the play-offs - Colts and Patriots do not play against each other in the 2013 regular season, and both do not against the New York Giants, where the third German professional football player Markus Kuhn (started with the Weinheim Longhorns) faces his second NFL season.

Björn Werner started playing American football early in Berlin. In 2007, he took the opportunity to attend an U.S. high school in Salisbury (Connecticut) as an exchange student. He impressed American football coaches and teachers in the classroom alike. Until 2009 he returned regularly to Germany and also played for the Adler Youth Team. In 2010 he started studying at Florida State University and soon developed into one of the FSU football team’s top performers. In his last season as a college junior the defense of the Florida State Seminoles gave up the fewest yards per play amongst all college teams of the top NCAA division. For that Werner had to be credited a lot - and the Indianapolis Colts hope he will soon achieve similar in the NFL.

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