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Derek Wolfe

Derek Wolfe - #95 - DT

Height: 6-5 1/8
Weight: 295
Speed: 4.98
Arm: 33 1/4
Hand: 10 3/4
Wingspan: 80 1/4
Birthdate: 02/24/1990
Hometown: Lisbon, OH
Grade: 5.65

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/02/2012 Cincinnati Pro Day 6-5 1/8 280 10 3/4 32 3/4 79 3/4
02/29/2012 Combine 6-5 1/8 295 10 3/4 33 1/4 80 1/4 4.95 33 9'0" 33 1/2 4.49 7.27
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-4 7/8 286 10 3/4 32 7/8 80 3/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-5 295 10 1/2 32 7/8 79 1/4 5.20

 

Notes:

Was a first-team all-state selection as an Ohio prep. Appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2008, making three tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. Started all 13 games at nose tackle in ’09 and contributed 41-8-5 with one forced fumble. Was a constant force for the Bearcats’ defense in ’10, playing more than 80 plays per game, and recorded 48-6 1⁄2-4 with one pass batted down. Left the Syracuse game with a neck injury. Awarded All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year honors from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in April ’11. Named Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year in ’11 after leading the conference in tackles for loss and amassing 70-21 1⁄2-9 1⁄2 with one pass batted down and two forced fumbles in 13 starts from his DT position.

Positives:

Very good body length. Improved instincts and play recognition — was quick to feel blocking pressure and play off blocks. Very good production (191⁄2 career sacks). Tough, hardworking and effortful. Solid, wrap-up tackler. Recorded among the best 20-yard shuttle times (4.44 seconds) and 3-cone drill times (7.26) of any defensive tackle at the Combine. Makes residence in the weight room.

Negatives:

Will come off the ball upright and get stuck on blocks. Takes on blockers too narrow-based and lacks anchor strength to dig his heels in the dirt and hold ground vs. the double-team. Plays short-armed and hand use is raw — does not strike with violence or power. Curiously dropped 15 pounds from the Combine to his March 2 pro day, where he weighed 280 pounds.

Summary:

Matured as a senior, made his final season his best and had a solid showing at the Senior Bowl, as his stock has continued to climb. Still must prove that he can be more than a rotational nickel rusher in the pros, but clearly has upside to grow into a starter and might even warrant looks as a 3-4 defensive end. 


Derek Wolfe's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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