Mel Kiper delivered his first mock draft of the year on Wednesday and projected Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner as the pick for Cleveland:
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.
Werner has been projected as high as being the number one overall pick to the Chiefs, but it seems certain that he won't fall very far. The 6'4, 256-pound behemoth racked up 13 sacks for the Seminoles during his junior year with 18 tackles for a loss and seven pass breakups. If he continues to put up impressive across-the-board numbers in the NFL, the Watt comparisons could be quite apt.
Jabaal Sheard continues to be an impressive young player at DE for the Browns, but 29-year-old Frostee Rucker is not the long-term answer at the other end. Werner could be a devastating force in the AFC South.