Posted Thu Apr 26th by Mr.East
57. Derek Wolfe, DE/DT, Cincinnati
Derek Wolfe (6’5 295) was named the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, the first Cincinnati Bearcat to ever receive the honor. Wolfe is a high energy, endless motor kind of player.
One of the impressive things about Derek Wolfe is how he consistently got better during his time at Cincinnati. During his sophomore year Wolfe tallied 41 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and one forced fumble. Moving on to his junior season Wolfe scored 48 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one pass breakup. Then his senior season he took his game to another level and the results showed with 70 tackles, a conference-best 21.5 tackles for loss, a nationally-ranked 12th most 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass break-up, and one fumble recovery.
Wolfe’s size makes him versatile in the 4-3, he can play defensive end or interior defensive tackle. Robert Ayers would be the main competition for Wolfe, which is perfect. Ayers is the type of player who could benefit from a fresh and energetic rookie pushing him day in and day out at camp.
Other Possibilities: Defensive tackles Brandon Thompson or Kendall Reyes may be available at this spot, if so one of them will be the pick. If the Broncos land a defensive tackle in the first round they may opt for either running back Lamar Miller or Robert Turbin, or even possibly the uber-productive and great route runner A.J. Jenkins.