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Pete Werner
2017-2018 Football Profile
Freshman - Linebacker
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Pete Werner
Home Town: Mount Vernon, Indiana
School: Cathedral
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
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4-Star #12 ILB
4-Star #18 OLB
4-Star #17 OLB
4-Star #27 OLB
4-Star #14 ILB
First-Team All-State

The Player
Pete Werner is a 6-foot-3 220-pound linebacker out of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is rated as the No. 14 inside linebacker in the nation, and is Indiana’s No. 2 prospect. He signed with Ohio State over offers from Notre Dame (where he was once committed), Michigan, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Penn State, California, Wisconsin, and many others.

In watching the highlights by Werner you can see that he is able to use his speed and athleticism to get to the ball carrier quickly and make big-time hits. He has the ability to make plays in the open field and he doesn’t seem to miss many tackles. He fits the mold of an Ohio State linebacker with his size and athleticism, and he seems like someone who could come in and immediately crack the two-deep with the youth that the Buckeyes have going forward.

The Comparison
Watching his film I see an A.J. Hawk or Andy Katzenmoyer-type of player. While those are lofty comparisons, Werner seems to have the ability to make big plays and hit the hole with speed and power like both of those guys before him. Luke Fickell has a keen eye when it comes to recruiting linebackers to Ohio State, as he has put quite a few into the NFL in his time as an assistant coach. I trust his judgement when it comes to finding the next big star at Ohio State.

The Fit
Werner should fit nicely into what Ohio State does defensively. He is a bruising outside linebacker that could certainly move to the middle linebacker spot depending on where he is needed. He certainly looks ready to contribute as soon as he steps on campus, but we won’t know that until he goes through a full fall camp under Urban Meyer and Mickey Marotti.

The Depth Chart
One good thing in Werner’s favor is the depth chart. With Craig Fada and Joe Burger leaving due to graduation and Raekwon McMillan headed for the draft, the Buckeyes are very young at linebacker. They will return Jerome Baker, Chris Worley and Dante Booker next year as the likely starters, but after that there is not a lot of college experience. He should be able to crack the two-deep if he has a productive camp and should see some snaps as a true freshman.

The Future
If the comparisons I had above are even close to correct, the Buckeyes Werner will be a star at linebacker in the near future. He fits the mold of an Ohio State player, and should make an impact from the time he steps on campus until the day he hears his name called at the NFL Draft podium. The Buckeyes have put quite a few top-notch linebackers into the league, and after a few years in the Ohio State system, Werner should see himself there as well. — Ben van Ooyen

Statistics
2016 - 65 tackles, 17 TFLs, 8 sacks, 3 FF

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