Browns: 4 Day-three linebackers to target in 2021 NFL Draft

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2. Pete Werner, Ohio State

He’s never going to jump over a mountain and flames are won’t shoot out the back of his cleats. So, while hisathletic ability will never go viral, Pete Werner’s made it this far just being a guy who flat out gets things done.

The draft world really started taking Werner seriously when he limited Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth to three catches (season low) for 46 yards when the Buckeyes disposed of the Nittany Lions.

Werner’s NFL Draft profile lists him as someone who projects as a good backup who could become a starter. Lance Zierlein looked further into Werner’s abilities and noted he’s better suited as a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, but is someone who’s capable of playing all three spots.

That versatility really helps, as the Browns are likely to deploy three safeties and two linebackers. As Werner gets acclimate, he could certainly find himself as one of those linebackers on the field in passing situations.

There’s some who are saying he’s improved his stock so much that he’s in the Day 2 conversation, but I still think Day 3 is the most likely spot for the Buckeye.