Derek Wolfe of the Cincinnati Bearcats was selected 36th overall by the Denver Broncos.
February 24, 1990 (22)
Denver Broncos (36th overall)
Cincinnati Bearcats (Senior)
Beaver Local High School
2011 All Big East First Team
37 tackles for loss
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The Broncos selected Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe with their first pick in the draft. Wolfe, a 6-foot-2, 295-pounder, can play three- or five-technique along the defensive line, but was a surprising pick given that DTs like Michigan State's Jerel Worthy and Penn State's Devon Still remained on the board.
This pick fills a need for the Broncos, who lost Brodrick Bunkley to the New Orleans Saints in free agency. He'll play in a rotation that includes Kevin Vickerson, Ty Warren, Justin Bannan and Mitch Unrein. He certainly could be the young anchor on the line, especially if Ty Warren's injury-prone nature creeps up again.
Hopefully, Wolfe turns out to be an important piece of the puzzle that sets a potential championship run into motion. Adding a stout defender in the middle of the defense could be exactly what this defense needs to rise to the next level.