Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: G/T Kyle Long and DE Bjoern Werner
My two latest scouting reports at NBC are on Oregon guard/tackle Kyle Long and FSU defensive end Bjoern Werner. On Long:
The obvious knock on Long is that he has very little experience playing college football. With just four career starts at a major school, Long is really an unknown at this point. He played both left tackle and left guard for the Ducks in 2012.
Long is an extremely athletic lineman—the best athlete in the family, according to his father—who excels in space. He can pull with ease and looks natural when asked to get to the second level. Long possesses elite balance and flexibility; he really looks like a big linebacker moving around. Due to Oregon’s quick-hitting scheme, Long didn’t have to hold his blocks long. He frequently comes off of his defender early, and that’s something he’ll need to change at the next level.
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Werner is an athletic defensive end with quick-twitch ability. He ran a 4.83 40-yard dash at the Combine—about average for a pass-rusher his size—but he’s consistently the first player off of the ball. Werner translates that into an effective speed rush, and he combines that with excellent hand usage to get to the passer.
There could be concern over Werner’s height. At 6-3 with 33 1/4-inch arms, he doesn’t have the elite length that often coincides with success at the defensive end position. It can show in the running game, as Werner has trouble getting off of blocks at times. He’s still decent as a run defender, but he has problems shedding blocks once engaged.