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Colts Take Florida State Defensive End Werner In First Round

Last updated on Friday, April 26, 2013

(New York, New York) - The Indianapolis Colts selected defensive end Bjoern Werner with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night.

Werner was named ACC Defensive Player of the year as a Florida State Seminole last season after leading the conference with 12-sacks as a Junior.

At 6'3, 266 pounds, Werner will move to outside linebacker and play opposite of Robert Mathis in Chuck Pagano's hybrid 3-4 defense.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Werner played high school football in Salisbury Connecticut as a transfer student before returning home to his native country.

He returned to Salisbury in 2009 and was listed as a three star recruit and the fifth best prospect in Connecticut.

He chose Florida State over several top national programs and notched 23 and-a-half sacks during his three year career with the Seminoles.

He elected to forgo his final season at Florida State and enter the NFL Draft.

The Colts will have the 24th pick in the third round when the draft resumes tonight.

Barring a trade, the Colts will also have four more picks on Saturday when rounds 4 through 7 are drafted.

Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te'o, was not selected in the first round Thursday.

Te'o won the Maxwell Award and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, but his draft status was crippled when an online girlfriend hoax shrouded Te'o and the University in controversy.

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