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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper has Cleveland selecting Bjoern Werner

Though we are just entering the Conference championship round, ESPN’s resident draftnik has released his first mock draft for those who are not fans of the four NFL teams still remaining. Unlike last year, Browns fans only get to mull over one first-round pick. But per usual, the front office will be looking at a player who should be near the top of their draft board as the Browns select sixth overall.

Per Kiper, that sixth-overall pick — at least as things presently stand — will be Bjoern Werner, the 255-pound defnsive end out of Florida State.

“I’ve heard Werner compared to J.J. Watt,” writes Kiper. “And while he’s better suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 alignment because he doesn’t yet have the size to work primarily inside at this point, in terms of raw impact against the pass, the comparisons hold up. Not only does Werner provide immediate impact as a pass-rusher, like Watt, he defends the pass with his eyes and gets his hands up, disrupts passing lanes and swats away throws. A late arrival to football, he has a high ceiling. He’s an ideal fit in Cleveland, a team that saw the defense regress in 2012.”

Jarvis Jones, a player whom many have had their eye on as a pass-rusher for the Browns, is presently slated to go (surprise) fifth-overall to the Detroit Lions. Kiper has guard Chance Warmack going seventh with Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o going eighth. Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins is pegged to be selected 15th by the New Orleans Saints.

[Related: Browns NFL Draft Needs: Guard or Defensive Playmaker?]

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  • BenRM

    I watched a lot of FSU this year, Werner is a bad man. I don’t think I’d be too upset by the selection. Although, didn’t we already see this movie (Kamerion Wimbley).

  • cmm13

    “I’ve heard Werner compared to J.J. Watt,” writes Kiper. “And while he’s better suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 alignment because he doesn’t yet have the size to work primarily inside at this point”

    …in other words, I have no idea what I am talking about in regards to this selection for the Cleveand Browns. Typical Kiper.

  • LesFleursDuMal

    I saw one NFL mock that had us taking a WR from Tennessee. That, to me, does not address our biggest area of need (pass rush OR CB)

  • Otis

    My preference would be Milliner instead of another DE.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    I don’t think that it’s fair to equate the two based on alma mater.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Werner would be a nice addition eventhough he’d be another DL and personally I’d be more in favor of either a LB or the corner out of Alabama who I can’t remember at the moment.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That’s the corner from Alabama I couldn’t remember his name.

  • MrCleaveland

    Awwriiiight, the first of dozens of mocks for us to chew on and obsess over for the next three months.

    And now I’m pleased to make the first of what will be hundreds of comments — intelligent, ignorant, and otherwise — regarding who we should draft.

    Here goes: I have no idea if Werner would be a good pick or not.

    And we’re off!

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I wouldn’t be upset by this. From what I saw of Werner, he is a force to be reckoned with. The Browns have some good depth at defensive line, but you can always use more guys that teams must gameplan around.

    I see him as a DE/LB version of Troy Polamalu in that, prior to every play, the QB must point out where he is lined up.

  • mgbode

    until we know if we are a base 3-4 or 4-3, then it’s hard to know if Werner is a good fit. if we end up getting Lovie Smith, Mel Tucker or stick with Dick Jauron, then yes Werner fits (I prefer D.Moore at DE though).

    i like Milliner, but i’m selling myself on going hard after Jammer to fill our CB2 need for now and getting a pass rush guy in the draft.

  • d-bag

    We need Chance Warmack.

  • deesh

    Lovie as a D-cord? Norm as O-cord?

    I’m hard already

  • Natedawg86

    I think we need CB first. It would be nice to pressure and sack the QB, but if you are getting PI and holding calls consistently in the secondary, these penalties will wipe out any pluses in the backfield

  • BenRM

    I simply meant that he’s a FSU DLineman who they are talking about converting to linebacker. Just familiar is all.

  • saggy

    I thought Baby Bjoern was a pretty darn good player the few times i watched him. I’d be ok with this but I really like Jarvis Jones and Milliner from Alabama.

  • woofersus

    Yeah, I’m a little surprised he’s not getting a look at HC, but I’d love to bring him in as DC. I do like Jauron, but that would be a big get.

  • dwhit110

    Milliner is the corner you’re referencing.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    I’d be happy with this pick. I think he performed really well this year and I really wasn’t impressed by Jarvis Jones, although he’ll probably already be off the board.

    Being an ND homer I was rooting for Te’o but after his disappearing act in the NC I’ve changed my tune. Along those lines, Millner looked really darn good too.

  • dwhit110

    ah. i see you figured this out already, ignore my previous comment :)

  • woofersus

    I think he’s assuming for the moment that our base defense will be what it was last year. If we change it then I’m sure his next mock draft will predict an LB.

  • dwhit110

    If Pinkston can come back, I feel like we’re in decent shape at OG. Would love to see a defensive playmaker akin to Haden (not saying it has to be another CB) at #6.

  • Garry_Owen

    “I’ve heard Werner compared to J.J. Watt.”

    Wait. Hold on. These guys are not both “good hands possession receivers, though not the fastest guy on the field.” It must be something else that leads to the comparison . . . can’t white put my finger on it . . .

  • Garry_Owen

    Your a idiot.
    (Also first of the season!)

  • Jaker

    I like the pick. We need a big time playmaker on D. Since there aren’t many shutdown playmaking CBs worthy of 6 overall, if we stay here, i like Werner a lot. Also, I heard he can be moved to OLB in a 3-4, so there’s that as well. I wouldn’t mind trading down and picking a CB later in the round, especially if we can get a 2nd rounder and the CB would be a low end #1 or a top shelf #2 CB in the NFL. I like one of two paths…

    Best player available (Werner, Moore, Jones) + fills one of our biggest needs (Pass Rush) = Great use of the selection.
    Or
    Trade down and take an impact starter (Miliner or Teo) as well as getting another starter in the second round ( Barrett Jones? Johnthan Banks?)

  • JHop

    If Kiper was really that good at evaluating talent and positional needs, he wouldn’t be working for ESPN, he’d be with an NFL team helping them dominate the draft every year making much more money. You have to take everything he says with a grain of salt.

  • Jaker

    Leodis McKelvin and Q Jammer are free agents from teams that lost their HC, if we can snag one of them that would be a great move

  • Garry_Owen

    Wimbley’s also not . . . er . . . European, so you can’t compare them. You have to find someone more . . . er . . . like J.J. Watt, if you know what I mean.

  • Jaker

    We should draft tommy Rees because he’s a lot like Joe Montana

  • saggy

    I’d like the scenario but it may be a but wishful. but maybe not.

  • @TheDeePagel

    If we add to our WRs it shouldn’t be another young rookie – we have Little, Gordon, Benjamin – who are all young. If we add, we need a veteran. Greg Jennings.

  • @TheDeePagel

    maybe our defense did “regress”…..but man, when it’s fully intact (with Haden) I thought we were pretty tough out there.

  • Garry_Owen

    I propose the following exercise (for some interweb geek):

    Go back to last year’s draft season. Find an article about “Mel Kiper Projects So-and-So for the Browns.” Copy and paste all of the comments in that article to this article, but remove any references to specific player names or universities. See how it reads.

    Is my cynicism showing? I’ll go away now.

  • RFC

    Bjoern Werner Sophomore Highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNyG6L70fws

    Bjoern Werner Junior Highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPbdV_jrr-Q

    MADE BY ME, CHECK THEM OUT!

  • porckchop

    Yes! Finally my wheelhouse has wheeled around. I’m saying the Browns trade down to whichever team ends up 30th, pick up that teams next 6 5th round picks and 5 6th round picks, the Browns then package 3 of the 6 5′s and 2 of the 5 6′s to move back up to 16 where they linger just long enough to convince the Steelers and Ravens that they are going to take the guy both teams want. Steelers and Ravens drafts become disabled in a collision at 15. Meanwhile we scoot out of 16 by burning off another 2 more of the 6 5′s and 1 more of the 5 6′s, to move right in front of the the Pitt/Balt wreckage at 15. At 14 the Browns drag a 1 dollar bill on a string in front of Mike Brown until he moves off of 10 and walks blindly into the smoldering heap at 15. Alone with the only 1st round pick in the divsion the Browns spend the last of the 6 5′s and the last 2 of the 5 6′s to vault to number one where we actually select Mel Kiper himself.

    Damn this is the best season

  • porckchop

    The cheap racial comparing doesn’t count in this case as most people who will never see any of these players play just assume that an athletic defensive end named JJ is black.

  • Jaker

    It doesn’t need to be those exact players, just a guide to what we should get outta this draft pick; either a stud Defender that makes play after play, or a very good first round talent with a safe second rounder as well

  • thepaledragon

    Disagree. We already have two first-rounders and a second-rounder on our O-line. Adding a third first rounder would be unprecedented, and it would be at the expense of more pressing needs…like OLB or DB. For interior linemen, you can always find good value in the later rounds.

  • thepaledragon

    Jarvis Jones is a stud but his injury history scares me. Considering the Browns’ history I’d say we’re better off avoiding that pick.

  • HoneyBadgerInCleveland

    I want the Honeybadger..in the third round. CB is a major need and I am willing to take a risk on a elite playmaker like tyrann mathieu. I am hoping he will still be available and Haslam/Banner and the new GM can get over his character flags. Bjoern/Jarvis jones in the first and Matieu in the third would be a homerun draft. Plus, he and gordon could attend AA clases together:)

  • Garry_Owen

    Who said anything about race? Racist!

  • http://twitter.com/expressojf Joseph Fedorko

    I think “best defensive player from the SEC on the board” will fit the Browns no matter who that is or what position he plays. Anything like that and I’ll be happy.

  • TheRobot57

    Bad pick. The guy doesn’t have burst and makes few plays. He just cleans up other’s work. Moore is a better pick at DE.

  • cmm13

    Black men can’t sack?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewayne90 Dewayne Montgomery

    Lovie Smith is not going to be a defensive coordinator he will sit out for the 2013 season if he is not offered a head coaching job

  • SissyBoyFloyd

    Excellent. Maybe be the best comment I ever read on the web.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSYMUNKF2UB4C5N6KE3DWRXS3I TRBWelcome

    Would that be Da-rick Rogers (TN Tech)? If so they should let him fall to a lower round. He tested negative on 3 drug tests and will probably fall far. If it’s Justin Hunter (UT), he’s not bulked up enough. I’d pass on him. He had a lot of drops for Vols and is not very “tough.” He’s kind of scrawny. If it’s Cordarrelle Patterson (UT), he could probably be had in a lower round. None is good for the 1st round. I hope it’s not Justin Hunter.

  • iolaisinwisconsin

    I love it when people write “your an idiot” rather than “you’re an idiot”, and don’t realize how funny that is.