Nov 26, 2011; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) throws the ball as he is pressured by Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (95) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Denver Broncos Select Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati 2012 NFL Draft Grade

With the 36th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati.

Here is our report on Wolfe:


Long arms

Consistent Production

Has the flexibility to play in both 4-3 and  especially 3-4 Schemes

Strong at Point of attack

Has great swim move

Team leader

Great motor




Has not played elite competition

Would be limited in a 4-3 scheme

Can be pancaked by large offensive lineman

Not the quickest player off the snap

Limited athlete

Doesn’t have great pursuit speed

Doesn’t win at the line of scrimmage quickly, he has to work a lot to get free


Player Comparison:           Adam Carriker


Round Projection:               Late 2nd to Early 3rd



Derek Wolfe was always a solid player but has turned in an elite Senior Season which has turned him into a late Day 2, early day three Prospect.  While he can play in both a 4-3 and 3-4, Wolfe would be much more productive in a 3-4 scheme.  Wolfe has a great motor and uses his hands very well.  He is more of a pass rusher than run stuffer but can hold his own against the run. Wolfe needs to get functionally stronger to hold at the base of the attack because he’s not going to be a pass rusher in a 34.  Teams needing more pressure from their 3-4 lineman would be wise to use a 2nd round pick on him.  Teams such as the Jets, Bills, Patriots, Chiefs, Chargers, Cowboys, Packers, and 49ers.


Pick Grade: A

The Broncos needed a defensive tackle and Wolfe was one of the best on the board. Highly productive kid who is an extremely hard worker and the Big East defensive playaer of the year after a huge senior season. I really like this pick for the Broncos.

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