In April, the Denver Broncos traded back and traded back because they believed that the guy they really wanted would still be available in the second round. It turns out they were right. DT Derek Wolfe was taken in the second round with the 36th overall pick.
The last time the Broncos selected a defensive tackle first in the draft was in 1997 when they picked Trevor Pryce out of Clemson.
We got a glimpse into the motor of Wolfe Thursday night in the Broncos 31-3 win over the Chicago Bears. Wolfe had two sacks, one against Jason Campbell, and one against Josh McCown.
“It was nice to get out there and hit somebody else other than our own teammates, make some plays and actually have a live quarterback,” Wolfe said following the game. “It was fun.”
While at Cincinnati, Wolfe once took on a triple team in the fourth quarter of a game against Pittsburgh to force an intentional grounding. Last season he had 21.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks.
He’s a guy that’s trying to make an immediate impact in the pros.
“When you’re a rookie you’re trying to do everything you possibly can right,” Wolfe said. “You just want to be right all the time so you can earn the respect of these guys. That’s just how the way I try to live my life is trying to do everything perfect. I’m not happy unless it’s perfect.”
The Broncos selected right in the second round.