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Published on 05/07/2012 at Mon May 07 13:00.
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UPDATE (5/8/12, 11:00 a.m.):  The Broncos updated the two links (seen below) shortly after this article was posted.  Wolfe is now listed as a defensive tackle by the team.

The Denver Broncos may not use Derek Wolfe — who was selected 36th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft — solely as a defensive tackle this season.  A rotational role for Wolfe appears to be more likely.

On Monday, Stuart Zaas mentioned Wolfe as a defensive end on the team’s official website and Wolfe is listed as a defensive lineman on the team’s official roster.

The 6’5″, 295 pound Wolfe has potential to be a starter going into the season, after recording 21.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last season at Cincinnati and being named the 2011 Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year.  At a minimum, Wolfe will likely see time in passing situations in Denver’s defense starting in Week 1.

On passing downs, Denver’s defensive line could look something like this:

DE: Dumervil    DT:  Wolfe   DT:  Ayers   DE: Miller

(*Edited at 7:32 p.m. MT after readers pointed out that Ayers played DT on passing downs last season.)

The Broncos will have options with many versatile linemen — including Wolfe, who could see time as a defensive end/pass rusher.  Other possible rotational linemen on Denver’s roster include Justin Bannan, Ty Warren, Ben Garland, Jason Hunter, Malik Jackson, Mitch Unrein and Sealver Siliga.

Wolfe certainly has the motor and desire to become a solid defensive lineman in Denver.  The former Bearcat will practice with his new teammates for the first time on Friday, May 11th.

  • Monty

    Ayers moved inside often on passing downs in 2011. With Bunkley, McBean, and (presumably) Thomas all gone though, who knows what DT alignment they’ll use if Wolfe lines up at end.

  • Broncosguy44

    This isn’t bad.  I don’t agree 100% though.

    Doom Wolfe Ayes/Vickerson Von Miller

    Run downs

    Wolfe   Warren    Vickerson   Ayers

    Of course there is a lot of mixing and matching but the D-line won’t be our problem. 

    IMO if you want to win the big one you need to excel in a couple areas.  Ours will be points and pass rush.  We won’t dominate a slow down game.  But that got us nowhere with better teams.  Now we will put up some points and tee off on their QB’s. 

    Hope this kid Wolfe lives up to his draft status. 

  • Monty

    I hate our DT depth. Hate it. Even IF all these guys stay healthy (a big IF), this rotation is small and inexperienced. Joe Mays is going to get eaten alive.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately I couldn’t agree more. 

  • Matthew_s54

    Brian Xanders was fired?

  • Ninjaix

    Don’t forget we brought back Justin Bannan. Great depth and run stopper kinda DT we won’t take Doom out he’s.a 3 down DE and has improved against the run I expect Con TI be solely a LB this year and Wolfe and Ayers give the Dline the option to run a lot of stunts since they both seem capable of playing DT and DE. Although I don’t think the DL will absolutely dominate all facets expect the opposing QBs to feel tons and tons of pressure. From all angles.

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  • Orange Crush

    I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about?  Wolfe is clearly still listed as DT on both the embedded link to the team’s website and the team roster link you include in this article.

  • damana

    I disagree ninja boy.  Doom will not play every down.  It makes zero sense.  The point of having depth is to rotate players.  Doom is clearly better against the pass than the run.

    Bannan Warren Vickerson and Wolfe will rotate in the middle, with other scrubs.  Doom, Von Miller, Ayers, Wolfe and other scrubs will rotate on the ends.

  • Anonymous

    lol I saw that too.

  • Jon

    Team updated both links shortly after this article was posted.