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Seminoles Bjoern Werner Entering NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Thursday.

Werner had 40 tackles and and 13 sacks this season for a Seminoles defense that ranked sixth in the country in points allowed.

"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. "I've learned so much from the coaches especially Coach (D.J.) Eliot and have been able to play with some of the best players in the country. 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."

ESPN's Scout's Inc. has Werner rated as the eighth best player in the draft.

Werner had 23.5 sacks in his first three seasons at FSU. Only Peter Boulware had more in that time frame for the school.

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