Top 25 player countdown: No. 11

No. 11. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

2011 stats: He started all 13 games and had a career-high 37 tackles (25 solo). He led the team with eight quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries -- including a 25-yard touchdown return against ACC champ Clemson. He ranked second on the team with eight pass breakups and nine passes defended. He made his first career interception against Boston College, and ranked second on the team with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Previous ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Werner: Look at his stats. Eight pass breakups? He did that from the left defensive end position. Werner is a game-changer. He’s strong and has deceptive speed, which allows him to stop the run and disrupt the passing game. He has a great awareness for the ball. Last year he was a rising star. This year, he is a star.