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Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Thursday.
Werner was an integral part of one of the nation's best defenses this season, registering 40 tackles and 13 sacks.
"I'm 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 in a statement released by the school.
"After sitting down with my wife, Denise, and gathering as much information, I've decided to move on and enter the NFL draft. I've enjoyed my time at FSU and will cherish the time I spent as a Seminole."
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Werner is rated as the eighth-best player by ESPN's Scouts Inc. He is expected to be a top-10 pick in April's draft.
Werner was a German exchange student who played only two years of football in the United States before being discovered at a prep school in Connecticut. Werner burst onto the scene as a sophomore at Florida State with 37 tackles, including seven sacks. Werner is a power rusher with quick feet and a relentless motor.