Cincinnati Bearcats Football: Derek Wolfe Moving Up Draft Board

Alex Callos@@alexcallosCorrespondent IApril 9, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 15: Derek Wolfe #95 of the Cincinnati Bearcats tackles Dominique Brown #10 of the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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While it was highly suspected heading into the combine and pro day that Isaiah Pead would be the first Cincinnati Bearcat selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, it now looks like defensive lineman Derek Wolfe has just passed Pead on the draft board and possibly jumped into the first round.

Wolfe had a solid combine and good enough showing at pro day to warrant some extra attention from certain NFL teams.

Even though Pead had been one of the most impressive players since the season ended, starting in the Senior Bowl and continuing on into the NFL Combine, it is Wolfe who will likely hear his name called first in a few weeks.

According to Mel Kiper Jr., the New England Patriots are interested in Wolfe and with two first-round picks, could find themselves taking him with one of those selections.

Kiper currently has Wolfe going No. 31 to the Patriots because of his versatility in their 3-4 system.

At 6'5" and 295 pounds, he still has the speed to be a pass-rusher off the end and also has the size to help fill a defensive line that could use some help.

The Patriots are thin up front and could use both first-round picks on defensive line selections.

Among the other teams who like to run a 3-4 defense and could be interested in Wolfe are Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Green Bay.

Coaches love his attitude and production at every level he has played. Hopefully that can translate to the NFL for Wolfe.

If he does go in the first round like Mel Kiper is suggesting, he will be the first Cincinnati Bearcat to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft since Bob Bell in 1971 and only the third all-time.


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