|Derek Wolfe Scouting Report
|Derek Wolfe - Cincinnati (HT: 6-5⅛ - WT: 295)
Positives -- Very good first step off the line, can knife through gaps and quickly work his way into the backfield, plays best when he can operate with room to roam, very good rip and swim moves... Solid leg drive, keeps his legs moving, can generate a push on the pocket... Has some natural power and
looks slightly thicker than his weight would indicate, can occupy blockers and free up others around him to make plays... Gets his arms up to affect passing windows when he can't get to the quarterback... Plays with a lot of physicality and energy and has a mean streak, has a strong motor; high character player who loves the game, makes a lot of effort plays... Offers some schematic versatility, has been used in multiple roles, can move around for a defense and wear multiple hats in the NFL, projects best to a one-gap 3-4 defense, would fit well with a hybrid defense... Has been quoted saying he enjoys playing defensive end in a 3-4 alignment because he "gets a lot of space to work on one guy"... His stock has been climbing due to an excellent senior season (9.5 sacks), had a very good performance at the Senior Bowl and did well at the combine... Is a very similar, yet less-heralded, prospect to Nebraska's Jared Crick.
Negatives -- A bit of a straight-line athlete, lacks fluidity and doesn't change direction very well, tight in the hips, can struggle to redirect to put himself in position to make a play, often over-pursues on run plays, can be slow to locate the ball... Doesn't have a real position in a four-man front, may not hold up well enough versus the run as a full-time defensive tackle in a four-man front... Shorter than ideal arms, needs to be more consistent with his hand usage, especially against more powerful offensive linemen, is easily handled when he doesn't win off the snap... Can be washed out of plays when he gets too upright, plays too high when fending off inside blockers and becomes a non-factor versus the run... Doesn't anchor very well, struggles to hold the point of attack, can be washed right out of the play by double teams, gets overpowered by larger blockers, struggles to disengage at times and doesn't make many plays off his frame... Lacks balance, ends up on the ground too often, loses control at times and allows momentum to get the best of him... Can get upright when he tires and expose himself, fatigues easily... A bit of a late bloomer who never really dominated the collegiate level until his senior season.
At Cincinnati -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Tied for the team high with eight tackles in the opener at Fresno State... also had a sack and tackle for a loss. 2009: Made 13 starts at defensive tackle... finished with 41 tackles, including eight tackles for a loss... also added five sacks, a forced fumble and recovery, and a quarterback hurry... recorded a pair of tackles against Southeast Missouri State... added three stops, a tackle for a loss, and a half sack at Oregon State... set a career high with eight tackles against Fresno State... tallied five tackles along with two sacks at Miami (OH)... added two tackles and a half sack at USF... recorded five tackles and a sack against Louisville... forced a fumble and recovered it and had two tackles at Syracuse... tallied two stops and a quarterback hurry against Connecticut... finished with four tackles, including one for a loss against West Virginia... tallied three solo stops against Illinois... finished with five tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, and a sack at Pittsburgh. 2008: Earned time in seven games at backup defensive tackle as a true freshman... totaled three tackles, one each against Eastern Kentucky, at Marshall, and vs. Syracuse... recorded first career sack on final play of the game against Syracuse in the home finale, setting off UC's Big East Championship celebration. High School: Three-year letterwinner on the defensive line... finished the 2007 season with Associated Press Division III All-Ohio first-team defense plaudits... registered 78 tackles and seven sacks to earn All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference first team... also recognized with all-Eastern District honors following his senior season... notched 205 career stops for the Beavers... coached by Rich Wright. Personal: Born Feb. 24, 1990... son of Dennis Wolfe... resides with grandmother, Kim Wolfe.