The Oakland Raiders need an edge rusher plain and simple. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars were worse at getting to the QB, and the Raiders have surely felt the void left by Kamerion Wimbley.
But this isn’t a need they will settle through the open market. This is a team need that needs to be addressed through this year’s draft.
I feel they can find what they’re looking for in Bjoern Werner, FSU.
Werner is a big guy who moves well within the scrum. He’s lightning fast (well for an end, anyway) and uses his agility and off-the-line speed to get to the QB.
The Raiders will be looking for a true edge rusher rather than an interior tackle—Werner is their man.
Here’s an excerpt from my Mock Draft Piece regarding Werner and the Raiders:
“Werner excels as an edge rusher and has been compared to Chris Long of the Rams which isn’t too shabby. The only issue with Werner is his apparent lateral speed, or “chase” speed. In the end, I don’t think it’s the kind of issue that scares the Raiders away from such a quality pick in the first round.”
Keep in mind that from now until draft day, the focus on the DE position will undergo many changes. In regard to talent, this is by far the deepest position in the 2013 NFL Draft.
While there are plenty of talented players to choose from, however, I feel Werner is the best FIT for Oakland.
Let’s just hope Jacksonville doesn’t steal him away.
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