Derek Wolfe, DT/DE, Cincinnati
Grade: 6.6 F (Grading Scale)
Arms: 33 1/4″ Hands: 10 3/8″
Vertical: 33.5″ Broad: 9″ 3 Cone: 7.26 Short Shuttle: 4.44 Bench: 33
Film Room Notes: vs. Vanderbilt
Strengths: Has good height and length at 6’5″ with 33″ plus arms – High motor player, never stops moving – Keeps his feet driving well after the point of contact – Uses his length extremely effectively, gets his distance from blocker, then makes his move to shed block – Holds his ground well against double teams but can get inconsistent as the games moves on, splits blockers to get into backfield – Most effective pass rush traits are his length, power and wiggle, gets inside blockers well – Finds the ball carrier well behind the line – Played all over the line at Cincinnati playing nose, 3-tech, 5-tech and some 7-tech – Very productive his senior year with 9.5 sacks, 21.5 TFL and 70 total tackles.
Weaknesses: Weight varies greatly, listed at 300 lbs in college, weighed in at 286 at the Senior Bowl, 295 at the NFL Combine, 280 six days later at his pro day – Might not have a natural position in the NFL if he can’t stay in the 295-300 lb range – Inconsistent first step, sometimes the first guy off the line, sometimes a half a second behind everyone else – As the game drags on, he has a harder time keeping his pad level down, easier to push back, less effective getting into the backfield – Could work on using hands more violently – Doesn’t have great lateral quickness – Doesn’t have many effective rush moves at this point.
Overall, the weight scares me a little bit. I’d like to see him able to stay around that 300 lb. mark if he’s going to be a 3-tech, 5-tech or interior rusher. I think Wolfe may have got a bit overrated during this process. He’s still a nice situational interior pass rusher, but his first step is a concern.
Last Updated: April 4, 2012