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Lions held private workout with Bjoern Werner

Bjoern Werner AP

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.

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12 Responses to “Lions held private workout with Bjoern Werner”
  1. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:31 AM

    Hey, are the Lions picking in the top 10 again? That happens a lot – shouldn’t they be the world’s most talented football team by now?

  2. duffer58 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:31 AM

    Second round they very well might get him.

  3. realfootballfan says: Apr 25, 2013 3:29 AM

    Anyone who’d take Jordan or Ansah before Werner deserves to get fired.

  4. tburke10lions says: Apr 25, 2013 3:49 AM

    No chance they take him in the first best bet is wait it out and see if he slides into the second round

  5. Just a Fan says: Apr 25, 2013 5:50 AM

    He will be there in the second round for them. There is just not enough spots in the first round for all the players the Experts pick to be first round talent.

  6. zeeman911 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:22 AM

    If he is sitting there in round 2, go for it……even if we grab Ziggy in round 1….we took 3 CB last year, I bet we grab 2-3 DE’s this year…..

  7. thesteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 7:01 AM

    We like smoke screens.

  8. nflfollower says: Apr 25, 2013 7:57 AM

    This guy is actually a more polished pass rusher than Mongolia or Jordan, or obviously ansah. Fantastic use of the hands, feet never stop moving, all he did was produce sacks in college. Again, unlike the other highly touted DE prospects. He would be a steal late first and no way he makes it to the second.

  9. brownoholic says: Apr 25, 2013 9:14 AM

    I swear this guy is easily the least talked about highly rated player. Was all about him before the Browns switched to the 3-4 D…

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 25, 2013 9:20 AM

    The Lions were bragging last year about how they should lead the entire league in sacks last year, and then they had a miserable line riddled with problems and lost several players this past offseason. This team is going out of the way to do things the hard way. What a struggle to watch the Lions try to build this team up. They just keep treading water every year and never accumulating true talent equity in a sustainable fashion. When are they going to figure this out, after Calvin Johnson retires? We already wasted Barry’s career, and we are in the process of doing the same with CJ!

    It’s crazy that there is no accountability at all for all of the top decision makers!!

  11. jrazz22 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:30 AM

    I winder if Warren Moon thinks the Lions are racist for holding a private workout for a white player.

  12. purpleguy says: Apr 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    They just want to have someone on their D-line that’s never been arrested.

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