The last time the Denver Broncos selected a defensive tackle first in the draft was in 1997 when they picked Trevor Pryce out of Clemson.
Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati stands 6’5,” 300 pounds, and once took on a triple team in the fourth quarter of a game against Pittsburgh to force an intentional grounding. Wolfe had 21.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in 2011. That’s the kind of player the Broncos added to their already aggressive pass rushers in Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
“Congratulations, man. We’re proud to have you as a Bronco,” John Fox said to Wolfe via phone. “You’re going to come here and help us win a world championship, help us hoist that Lombardi trophy.” (Denver Broncos)
Wolfe has the same goal in mind.
“Just try to do everything I can to help us win a championship,” Wolfe said when asked about what he brings to the Broncos.
Wolfe did not have much contact with the Broncos prior to the draft. There were no visits so for the Broncos to take him as their first pick, it comes as a bit of a shock.
“It’s a privilege,” Wolfe said. “I’m not the kind of guy that likes to sit around and wait…I just want to come in and make a difference. I’m ready for the opportunity.”
He will have that opportunity, perhaps a perfect one at that. With teams focused on Miller and Dumervil, Wolfe could blow his rookie year out of the water.