Two months ago it appeared plausible that Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner could be an option for the Detroit Lions with the fifth pick in the draft. Now less than 24 hours before the draft is schedule to get underway that no longer appears to be a possibility.
However, that doesn’t mean the Lions aren’t still interested in Werner.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions held a private workout with Werner in the last few weeks.
Werner likely will be a mid-to-late first round selection. If the Lions truly are intrigued with Werner, they could attempt to trade down from No. 5 or trade back into the first round to pursue Werner. Detroit could also hope he’s somehow still available for their pick early in the second round
The Lions need help at defensive end as they only have three currently on the roster in Jason Jones, Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis. Young and Lewis are backup options while Jones played on a rotational basis only with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. The Lions could find themselves able to snag Oregon’s Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth pick. However, if neither is an option or the Lions choose to address another position, they could look to find a way to get their hands on Werner later in the first round.