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Old 04-30-2012, 03:39 PM   #51
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Broncos will have three honky DTs in TC this year. Bannan, Wolfe and Ben Garland. Everyone honk your horns!!
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #52
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he's white, that's how.
I honestly believe this played a part...

Everything about this guy from his measurables to his production in college to his attitude scream 1st rd talent...

Teams will regret passing this dude up.... he is a beast...
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:41 PM   #53
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #54
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The last time we had a DT who could really rush the passer it was Trevor Pryce, who has the same 6'5", 295 pound kind of frame Wolfe has. Every time I see these teams getting pressure up the middle without a blitz I've longed for that again. Nine sacks and 21 TF last seasonL...not to mention 70 tackles is a lot of production from him. I hope Warren makes it back all the way and stays healthy...the D-line might be improved even without Bunkley.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:30 PM   #55
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Pass rushing DT... I take it
70 tackles and 21.5 for a loss? Seems he is a run stuffer.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #56
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Broncos will have three honky DTs in TC this year. Bannan, Wolfe and Ben Garland. Everyone honk your horns!!
Interesting point ... how about calling them the Cracka Crew - or Wolfepack?


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Old 04-30-2012, 11:45 PM   #57
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The last time we had a DT who could really rush the passer it was Trevor Pryce, who has the same 6'5", 295 pound kind of frame Wolfe has. Every time I see these teams getting pressure up the middle without a blitz I've longed for that again. Nine sacks and 21 TF last seasonL...not to mention 70 tackles is a lot of production from him. I hope Warren makes it back all the way and stays healthy...the D-line might be improved even without Bunkley.
If we had signed Buckley we likely don't have Wolfe on the team.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:59 PM   #58
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If we had signed Buckley we likely don't have Bannon on the team.
Fixed it for you!
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #59
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Wolfe had the best 3 cone and 20s time of all of the top DT prospects. His 40 time, bench press reps, and vertical were all comparable. How does he lack the athleticism of other top targets?
A lot of guys get labelled one way or the other and then it gets dispelled at the combine.

Wolfe for example was frequently labelled "unathletic" because he wasn't a big school recruit coming out of high school, played in a relatively weak conference, and exhibited good technique and motor. At that point it is really easy to write someone off as "unathletic".

Then he showed up to the combine and proved it wrong. That is when he started climbing up boards. Teams knew the fundamentals and desire were there. The production was there. But was it a hard worker taking advantage of weak competition or is he athletic enough to keep doing it in the NFL? His combine performance assured teams that he was and so he began climbing up boards. Experts who didn't adjust to that still viewed him as a mid-rounder when he just shattered the number one fear real pro personnel guys had for him.
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Wolfe had the best 3 cone and 20s time of all of the top DT prospects. His 40 time, bench press reps, and vertical were all comparable. How does he lack the athleticism of other top targets?
That's what baffles me. Drek has probably gotten close to the answer. He had the "unathletic" label on him pre-combine, then when he blew those notions away with combine results similar to or better than some of the top prospects, many analysts simply failed to adjust their rankings either from lack of attention to detail or stubborness.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:37 AM   #61
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That's what baffles me. Drek has probably gotten close to the answer. He had the "unathletic" label on him pre-combine, then when he blew those notions away with combine results similar to or better than some of the top prospects, many analysts simply failed to adjust their rankings either from lack of attention to detail or stubborness.
PFT had one of their very rare good articles on this phenomenon, talking about how the draft "gurus" like Kiper, McShay, and even Mayock talk about "late risers" when they don't really exist.

Teams don't suddenly change their evaluation of a player in the final weeks before the draft. They review tape and get an idea who they want to target months in advance. The combine lets them then compare raw athleticism on a roughly equal footing. Pro days let them see the guys up close and personal going through drills. By the time the pro day for a player is done teams generally know exactly what their opinion is.

Meanwhile draft reporters get fragments of info at different stages in the process. So the "not athletic" label for Wolfe can stick because one or two scouts mention to a draft reporter that they were concerned about his athleticism pre-combine. Suddenly that label sticks when all the scout meant was that they wanted confirmation with what the tape showed and to prove it wasn't a weak conference mirage.
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70 tackles and 21.5 for a loss? Seems he is a run stuffer.
Didn't he have like 9 sacks too? That's insane for a DT

Plus all the tackles for a loss are because he is constantly in the backfield. Helluva run stuffer, but you don't get sacks without that kinda penetration either
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Alfred Williams - "Do you like to stuff the run, or do you like to push guys back and rush the QB?"

Derek Wolfe - "I like to kick ass."
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #64
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Alfred Williams - "Do you like to stuff the run, or do you like to push guys back and rush the QB?"

Derek Wolfe - "I like to kick ass."
Sounds like he takes their lunch money too. AWESOME response to his question. I am beginning to think white guys are really cool.
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