“He’s a natural,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of Werner’s move from college defensive end to professional outside linebacker. “He’s a great athlete. We know his measurables, all those things we know. But the one thing we didn’t know was, we had a good idea, but the F.B.I., what we are putting on his plate, his football intelligence, is off the charts.
“He doesn’t make many mental (mistakes), so we’re going to keep throwing stuff at him and use him in a bunch of different roles. He can be effective not only in the run game, but when we get to third down, he’s going to be a hard guy to block.”