Colts cut former first-rounder Bjoern Werner

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Wasting a first-round pick on Trent Richardson is hard to be worse than.

But the Colts might have topped themselves with the Bjoern Werner pick, and cut bait on him today.

The team announced they waved the outside linebacker, who had 6.5 sacks in 38 games.

They didn’t mention his pedigree, as he was their first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, picked 24th overall.

Like many highly picked Florida State pass-rushers, he underwhelmed at the NFL level, and they didn’t want to give the experiment more time to bear fruit. Even after keeping Trent Cole with a pay cut, it was hard to justify Werner’s presence.

Now, the guy who picked him has to replace him.

32 responses to “Colts cut former first-rounder Bjoern Werner

  1. Wouldn’t be surprised to see 4-3 teams giving him a shot.
    Could be like a Jerry Hughes situation of a guy stuck in the wrong scheme.

  2. The Colts might as well bring back Jonathan Newsome. Boy, Grigson not only stunk it up with Werner but continues to stink.

  3. Combine cash-in. New era Mike Mamula. GM’s are soooo over-rated by and large.

  4. Funny that the year the Colts decided to prioritize defense with their first round pick, they ended up with a bust. Meanwhile, DeAndre Hopkins was available.

  5. Other than Luck, who in the recent memory was a great draft pick by the Colts? I’m sure there were some good ones, which is why I’m asking. But it seems more bad than good

  6. @Axespray Hughes was given 4 years to develop showed glimpses every year in preseason. They had him on the roster when the switched over to a 3-4 his problem was he was behind Mathis and Freeney.

  7. To say that the Werner pick was worse than the Richardson trade is ridiculous. Richardson was a fairly known commodity and well on his way to being an obvious bust, Werner was a well regarded draft pick with a seemingly high ceiling. Never know how a college player will translate to the league.

  8. ( . Y . ) says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:01 PM

    Other than Luck, who in the recent memory was a great draft pick by the Colts? I’m sure there were some good ones, which is why I’m asking. But it seems more bad than good
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    Manning was the last one I can recall without killing to many brain cells in the thought process.
    Eh, Freeney too.

  9. Wrong scheme like Jerry Hughes when he was there, Jadeveon Clowney now in Houston. Werner is a pure pass rusher and the Colts somehow saw that and said, “You know what? We’re going to fit this square piece into a round hole and expect it to pay dividends.”

    Of course it didn’t.

    The concern I had about him as an FSU fan was that he was a “tweener” like so many of the guys Mickey recruited before Haggins nabbed Werner. He has solid technique and footwork as a pass rusher, but as a 3-4 buck? I don’t know what the Colts were thinking.

  10. I know the Colts fans must feel bad but hey, look at the Vikings just 5 picks later taking a kick off returner. But they also traded away 3 picks to move up to take him making the mistake even more costly. The Colts only wasted one pick so you should feel good about that.

  11. key2heat says:
    Mar 8, 2016 2:55 PM
    Colts are the new Browns. Just read the headlines and you will agree.
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    Sorry but the Browns are still the “New Browns”

  12. Another Grigson gem.

    Hopefully, Dorsett amounts to something. Wayne didn’t do much his first year either.

  13. Other than Luck, who in the recent memory was a great draft pick by the Colts? I’m sure there were some good ones, which is why I’m asking. But it seems more bad than good

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    Probably TY Hilton, but he kind of sucked last year, so no really any good additions thru the draft.

  14. How are Grigson, Tannebaum, etc, employed?

    Good thing won a SB because he’s now entering Ozzie Newsome territory of being a GM with a QB issue and no leverage moving forward due to poor drafts and budgeting.

    What good is drafting someone, developing them, if you can’t keep them in their prime?

  15. “I know the Colts fans must feel bad but hey, look at the Vikings just 5 picks later taking a kick off returner. But they also traded away 3 picks to move up to take him making the mistake even more costly. The Colts only wasted one pick so you should feel good about that.”

    Oh, you mean the best KOR in the league last year? The one who is still on his team’s roster? Yeah, what a joke. That guy wishes he was as good as UNEMPLOYED BJOERN WERNER.

  16. Looks like nothing has changed w/Grigson. Pagano must be shaking his head. Not so much for who they got rid of; but who they kept. Hope they are active in free agency.

  17. ( . Y . ) says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:01 PM

    Other than Luck, who in the recent memory was a great draft pick by the Colts? I’m sure there were some good ones, which is why I’m asking. But it seems more bad than good

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    TY Hilton, Costanzo is decent (not great). I can think of zero defensive picks though. Grigson might be the worst GM in Colts’ history (i’m a Falcons fan but my dad has followed the Colts since Unitas, so i do too).

  18. Just another day at the shop for Grigson. How many first round busts does he have? Can’t count the WR he drafted with #1 last year as a bust a s the dude barely played.

  19. Last year the Colts drafted defensive linemen Henry Anderson in the 3rd round and David Parry in the 5th round. Both played like first rounders. I guess it doesn’t matter where you draft the guys, as long as they play well. Grigson must be doing something right or the Colts wouldn’t have been in the AFC championship game three years after taking over a 2-14 team. Just win baby!

  20. He’ll probably blow it up when he goes somewhere that knows how to use him just like Tim Jennings and Jerry Hughes did. Our fans couldn’t get rid of those guys fast enough, either. But hey, at least someone got some good play out of them.

  21. Ravens curse. He is far from the first person to excel with the ravens in their scheme and then not be able to produce in another. The list is too long to even mention here but if you follow the Ravens or any player who was a raven, then you know how real this curse is.

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