Derek Wolfe hugs quarterback Zach Collaros after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE)

Denver Broncos Select DT Derek Wolfe 36th Overall

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

Wolfe is an aggressive tackle with 20 sacks and earning Big East defensive player of the year. He stands 6’5″, 295 pounds.

Here’s an analysis from


Wolfe is an instinctual player who understands how to engage a lineman, extend his arms, and read the flow of the play to move off his blocks and make his big frame a factor inside. He sees screens well and is good to work off his man to disrupt plays inside. He can defeat single blocks well, and is a decent pass rusher when put in the right scheme where slants and stunts can put him in good position.

The Broncos have two more picks tonight, one in the second round (57th overall) and one in the third round (87th overall).


Wolfe struggles off the ball to get into his slants. He is a slow mover and will not blow back any offensive lineman off the ball. He sometimes relies too heavily on his ability to diagnose, as it will seem like he is reading the play so long that he just simply gets erased by blockers. Double teams will give him a lot of trouble and he is on his back often when faced with them; NFL teams will see right through that and get an extra hand on him in the run game.

We finally got our defensive tackle. Tell us what you think of the pick.

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