He's a talented and handsome young man of German heritage who went to high school in Connecticut... and Bjoern Werner was on his radio show yesterday.
All kidding aside, outside of being handsome, German and getting schooled in CT, there are no similarities between Werner and me. But, he did join the show - I didn't make that up - to discuss his first few months in Indianapolis.
Werner was a highly productive defensive end at Florida State, earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season. However, the Colts hope he can make the transition from 4-3 DE to an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He talked about the challenges of learning a new position:
Some (including me) have questioned whether Werner has the speed and athleticism to fit into a 3-4 scheme at OLB. Colts' fans are squeamish that this may be a repeat of Jerry Hughes, in that the team may be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Werner isn't worried about his critics:
Since the name Bjoern sounds like "Born", several nicknames (i.e. 'Bjoern to be Wild') have popped up for the Colts' rookie. He discussed some of the ones he's heard in his time in the States:
My personal favorite? The Bjoern Supremacy.
He'll likely start as a backup to either Robert Mathis or Erik Walden, but hopefully, we'll see some of Werner's potential this upcoming season.