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Lions Tried Out Former First-Round Picks Bjoern Werner & Quinton Coples

The Detroit Lions brought in former Colts first-round DE Bjoern Werner for a tryout on Tuesday, according to Field Yates.

  • The Lions also worked out DL Quinton Coples, TE Justice Cunningham and TE Adrien Robinson.

Werner, 25, was taken with the No. 24 overall pick during the 2013 NFL draft by the Colts. He was in the final year of his four-year, $7.896 million rookie contract when he was released in a move that freed up $1,481,781 in available cap space for the Colts.

The Jaguars signed him to a contract in May but was unfortunately among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason.

In 2015, Werner appeared in 10 games for the Colts and registered just 13 tackles and no sacks. In total, Werner played just 152 snaps for the Colts last year.

Coples, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2012. However, he lasted just three years in New York before he was waived and later claimed by the Dolphins back in November.

The Jets elected to pick up Coples’ fifth-year option back in April, but this figure was guaranteed for injury only, so the Dolphins were able to release him in a move that freed up $7.751 million in available cap space without any issue.

The Rams later signed him to a contract in March only to release him coming out of the preseason.

In 2015, Coples appeared in 16 games and recorded eight tackles, no sacks, and a fumble recovery for the Jets and Dolphins. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 66 edge rusher out of 110 qualifying players.