Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/3/13
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Defensive end Bjoern Werner felt like he had accomplished plenty in his time at Florida State. And now the consensus All-American said Thursday afternoon that he is moving on to the NFL. A native of Germany, Werner first started playing flag football in middle school before playing club football in Berlin and high school ball in Connecticut. Werner had 42 tackles and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 13 sacks in 2012, finishing up one of the most dominating pass-rushing seasons in school history. He is projected as a top-5 overall pick by ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.Im grateful to Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Florida State for giving me the opportunity to be a Seminole and play for one of the top college football programs in the country, Werner said. Ive learned so much from the coaches, especially (defensive ends) coach (D.J.) Eliot, and have been able to play with some of the best players in the country. Ive enjoyed my time at FSU and will cherish the time I spent as a Seminole. Werners departure means that Florida State will have four new starters on the defensive line in 2013. But while Werner moves on, safety Lamarcus Joyner decided on Thursday to come back for his senior season. Joyners return solidifies a secondary that was already losing junior corner Xavier Rhodes, who announced his decision moments after Florida States Orange Bowl win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Rhodes is projected as a first-round pick. As a junior, Joyner had 51 tackles and was a first-team All-ACC pick. He has started 27 games. Joyner chose to attend Florida State just days after Jimbo Fisher replaced Bobby Bowden as the Seminoles coach in December 2009. Coach Fisher and I arent finished with what we started here, Joyner said. He said from day one I was going to be one of those guys that was going to help turn this program around. Weve started down the right path so far but were still not finished.Joyner will lead a deep Florida State defensive backfield in 2013 that includes Nick Waisome, Ronald Darby and Terrence Brooks. Former Ridge Community standout Karlos Williams, a rising junior, could factor in as a safety or linebacker, depending on how new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt utilizes him.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Pork Chop Womack All-Stars: Ranking The Best Food-Related Names In College Football
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

Report: Chances of Jonathan Papelbon signing ‘non-existent’

Chris Bosh isn’t pleased with the Miami Heat

NFL clears players in HGH investigation

NFL execs: Kaepernick 'traitor,' hated as much as Carruth

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kansas FB settling first-team reps with Rock-Paper-Scissors

Report: Vikings trainers saved Bridgewater's 'leg and career'

Baylor's Zamora suspended 3 games for beating his dog

Craig Sager to undergo third bone marrow transplant

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about worst game of career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

Kevin Owens is the right WWE Champion at the right time

Jake Arrieta almost quit baseball before trade to Cubs

Fred Taylor: NFL doctors never told me about multiple injuries

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about the worst game of his career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

West-ern Literature: How Kanye's fans find meaning in between the lines

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker