UC's Wolfe Drafted by Broncos

Derek Wolfe
Derek Wolfe

UC defensive lineman Derek Wolfe didn't miss the first round of the NFL draft by much. Predicted by some to be a first day pick, Wolfe was selected with the fourth pick of the second round by the Denver Broncos.

Wolfe was the co-defensive player of the year in the Big East conference.  He led the Big East with 21.5 tackles for loss.

After sitting on the sideline for the first round, the Broncos plunged into the draft by taking Wolfe at No. 36. He's a speedy 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman who can play both tackle and end.

It was somewhat of a shocking pick with highly touted defensive tackles Jerel Worthy and Kendall Reyes still on the board.

The Broncos were constantly moving around Thursday, trading first with New England and later with Tampa Bay. In the end, Denver wound up with the Bucs' second-rounder, the 36th overall, and the 101st selection in the fourth round.

Wolfe is the Bearcats highest draft pick since Connor Barwin was also taken in the second round in 2009.

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