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Pete Werner: An extensive breakdown(by Cabe Bond)

The New Orleans Saints 60th overall pick- is he a reach, or steal?

There was a lot of speculation around who the Saints were taking at pick 60. Some believed it would be star LSU linebacker Jabril Cox. Others assumed it might be one of the many available cornerbacks. However very few expected Ohio State's own, Pete Werner. Pete played for four years during his time at Ohio State playing just shy under 30 games. During those games he managed to rack up an impressive 185 tackles, sixteen of which resulted in a loss of yardage, and four sacks. His passing game stats, on the other hand, were quite lackluster; not having a single interception, and only thirteen pass deflections his whole career. For comparison LSU's Jabril Cox had 3 interceptions and 5 pass deflections in this year alone. However, his inability to stop passes does not attest to his true coverage skills. In 2019, Wener in ten games did not allow 15 or more yards in coverage, and against Wisconsin and Clemson he didn't allow a single yard in coverage. This all was overshadowed by his poor performance in the National Championship game in 2020, but that was solely because his main target was Heisman Winning wide receiver, DeVonta Smith. Problems like these won't occur on the Saints, because he could be converted to a MLB.

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His coverage game is truly amazing because while he might allow the catch, he doesn't allow you to go past him, making him a dominant player. Typically, linebackers don't record tons of interceptions, but every elite linebacker has one thing in common- a high number of tackles. In his 2019 season he recorded a solid 64 tackles, only to seemingly under perform in 2020 with 54. That is until you account for the 6 less games he played. When putting his 2020 stats into a 14 game projection, you end up seeing he finishes with 95 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and 2 sacks. The stat that sticks out the most is the impressive 95 tackles, a true testament to his coverage skills. His ability to allow practically no RAC yards in the hook/curl area is truly impressive, and is a reason for his high number of tackles, but the one thing he covers the best, and is probably the main reason why the Saints loved him, is the running back.

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This was probably the main thing that stuck out to me the most when analyzing his film, the guy is a monster when it comes to any passes on the flats. He tears his way through every blocker to get to the man in the flats, who is typically a running back. On every run play he's there, mauling his way through the blockers, and in the event the runner gets past him, Werner has an innate ability to completely turn around and get the tackle from behind. He is a true monster on all short passes, and is why I see him primarily playing LOLB. Not only this, but with two quarterbacks who have practically perfected the checkdown in the Saints’s division, it's nice to have a player who will always punish the receiver of said checkdowns. His athleticism and intelligence make him have a high chance of being a standout linebacker, and with him being on a team that's known for developing players into stars, it makes his chances of being a stud even higher.


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In the end, there is no way of knowing if he'll be any good in the NFl, and Judging on the impressivness of his highlights, you would assume he'll be mediocre. However, when you dive deeper into his role, you soon begin to see what Sean Payton saw. He’s 6'2, 238lbs, with above average scores in his shuttle, 3 cone, and vertical. This super athletic and incredibly talented linebacker could soon turn into one of the best in the league.
 
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Why is there a random picture of Demario Davis?
I wrote this all in a Google docs and couldn’t find a picture of Pete Werner so I just added a picture of demario ( unfortunately this was the only one available). Also just to show emphasis on the saints ability to develop players.
 

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I wrote this all in a Google docs and couldn’t find a picture of Pete Werner so I just added a picture of demario ( unfortunately this was the only one available). Also just to show emphasis on the saints ability to develop players.
Except LBers that we draft.
 

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I think he will be solid, but not great. He has everything but speed which is why I think many on here are calling him Shanle 2.0. Only time will tell
I mean he ran a 4.6, well above average speed for a linebacker, think it ranked in like the 80th percentile
 

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I mean he ran a 4.6, well above average speed for a linebacker, think it ranked in like the 80th percentile
Stephone Anthony had 4.5 speed, but zero football IQ to use it.

Looking at all the ALL pro LB... He's right where he needs to be.

Lavonte David 4.65
Fred Warner 4.64
Darius Leonard 4.71
Demario Davis 4.61
Roaquin Smith 4.51
Devin White 4.42
Bobby Wagner 4.46


He's right in that 4.59- 4.64 range, unofficially.
 

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I mean TRUSaint nailed it. It is quite amusing listening to everyone write off a pick, saying the guy is a Scott Shanle 2.0, but yet fail to acknowledge his ridiculous RAS score. Straight line speed mean absolutely nothing for most positions. Werner was exceptional with quick twitch and short distance movements. That is precisely what you want in a linebacker. I have no dog in the fight and reserve judgement until he sees the field. Think most on here should as well. You don’t know more than the guys paid to scout and make these picks. If he had a 1st rd grade everyone would be celebrating. Darius Leonard running a 4.71 a few years back. Guess what... every team in the NFL would kill to have him. The Anthony reference is spot on. Speed don’t matter if you have zero onfield awareness or instincts.
 

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I mean TRUSaint nailed it. It is quite amusing listening to everyone write off a pick, saying the guy is a Scott Shanle 2.0, but yet fail to acknowledge his ridiculous RAS score. Straight line speed mean absolutely nothing for most positions. Werner was exceptional with quick twitch and short distance movements. That is precisely what you want in a linebacker. I have no dog in the fight and reserve judgement until he sees the field. Think most on here should as well. You don’t know more than the guys paid to scout and make these picks. If he had a 1st rd grade everyone would be celebrating. Darius Leonard running a 4.71 a few years back. Guess what... every team in the NFL would kill to have him. The Anthony reference is spot on. Speed don’t matter if you have zero onfield awareness or instincts.
Give me a linebacker with 4.7 speed and fantastic instincts over a linebacker that runs a 4.5 but has no clue where to be. It’s split second reaction time that gets you in position. Werner has all the athleticism you need and then some to be successful. Combine that with his IQ and you have a good linebacker. If you want to compare to shanle go ahead, a much much more explosive and athletic shanle who can also cover? I’ll take that all day every day

you have a ton of linebackers like CJ mosely who aren’t fast but great
 
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