Colts take Werner with No. 24 pick in NFL draft

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Indianapolis Colts have selected defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State with the No. 24 pick in the NFL draft.

It's the first time the Colts have selected a true defensive end in the first round since taking Dwight Freeney with the 11th overall pick in 2002.

The choice gives Indy a potential pass-rushing replacement for Freeney, who is a free agent. He had 13 sacks in 2012.

After taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick last season and surprising the football world with a nine-win improvement and a return to the playoffs, the Colts have shored up the offensive line by signing two free agents, replaced departed receiver Donnie Avery with former first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey and added six veteran free agents on defense.

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