Feb 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Dallas Cowboys former executive Gil Brandt during the Sirius XM radio press conference at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Any football fan knows the name Gil Brandt. He has been evaluating football players since before a good portion of this reading audience, me included, was born. For those who don’t know, he was a football executive for the Dallas Cowboys from the 1960s-1980s, and was innovative in the methods of scouting players. Among other steps that the league followed, Brandt was the first to use computer analysis in the process of analyzing players.
Earlier this week, Gil Brandt published his updated mock draft. Let’s take a look at his choice for the New York Jets……
BJOERN WERNER, DE, FLORIDA STATE
Werner is a pass rusher, and that’s what the Jets are looking for. He had a very productive final year in college, collecting 13 sacks. I think he has a lot of upside.
For anyone interested in reading his entire draft, you can do so by clicking here.
The Jets need an edge pass rusher in the worst way, and Bjoern Werner would certainly fit that bill. Take a look at his college stats:
Twenty three and a half sacks over three seasons is nothing to sneeze at. Here is some video on Werner:
This young man sets the edge remarkably well, and that is something the Jets have lacked, as we all know. From that tape, he keeps his assignment well, and is athletic enough to make the tackle in space or get up in the air to knock a pass down if he can’t make it to the quarterback. His style of play reminded me of JJ Watt a bit. His work with his hands to be a lineman is excellent as well.
There is always a bit of concern when someone comes out a year early like Werner has done. You must be sure this guy is ready if you are going to make the choice. Personally, I prefer Jarvis Jones, but there is very little to dislike when looking at Bjoern Werner.
Gil Brandt’s suggestions are always based in logic, and if the Jets make a move like this, they could do a lot worse.
This would be a good pick for the Jets.