Derek Wolfe

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Derek Wolfe
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Wolfe at a scrimmage in August, 2012.
No. 95     Denver Broncos
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-24) February 24, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Negley, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: East Liverpool (OH) Beaver Local
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 2012 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Tackles 88
Quarterback sacks 11.5
Pass deflections 3
Interceptions 0
Stats at

Derek Wolfe (born February 24, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Cincinnati. He was selected 36th overall by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wolfe is from the rural town of Negley, Ohio, which is near the boundary with Pennsylvania.[2] He attended Beaver Local High School in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Considered only a two-star recruit by,[3] Wolfe was a standout at Beaver Local High School and is the only player in the school's history ever to be drafted by the NFL.

College career[edit]

Wolfe played four years (2008-2011) at Cincinnati. He accumulated 162 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks during his tenure.

He was named Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.[4]

He is the first Beaver Local graduate to get drafted and the first Mahoning Valley native selected this year.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in 295 lb 33¼ in 10¾ in 5.01 s N/A s N/A s 4.44 s 7.26 s 35½ in 9 ft 0 in 33 reps N/A
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Wolfe was selected 36th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In his professional debut, a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on 9 August 2012, he finished with 2 sacks and 3 tackles.

In his first NFL game in the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he came out with 3 tackles and a sack for a loss of 9 yards.

Derek finished his rookie season with 40 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 passes defensed. His 6 sacks were third most on the team, behind Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

Wolfe had a tough sophomore season. In a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Wolfe suffered a spinal cord injury and was carted off the field. That, along with two bouts of food poisoning, led to him losing 20 pounds, and he was therefore not as productive on the field. On November 29, Wolfe suffered a seizure on the bus ride to the airport for their Kansas City Chiefs matchup. (After the season, it was reported that the seizure was related to the spinal cord injury.) Despite hopes that he might return to the field, he was eventually placed on Injured Reserve.


  1. ^ "Derek Wolfe | Cincinnati, DT : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  2. ^ Lindsay H. Jones. "Derek Wolfe, Broncos' top draft pick, reaches his NFL dream". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ben Kenyon - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ by Patrick_the_Ruminator over 1 year ago 1 comment (2011-12-09). "Isaiah Pead, Derek Wolfe, Khaseem Greene, Tavon Austin Named Big East Players Of The Year". Big East Coast Bias. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Derek Wolfe Draft Profile â€". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

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