The second day of the draft is already in the books, and the Broncos are once again going after quarterbacks. I personally hope this is the last time for about 10-15 years we are talking about the Broncos and the quarterback position unless it has to do with winning football games.
The Broncos set out today with a plan, they executed it, and they were not done dealing.
1. Second Round, 36th overall: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
6’5, 295 pounds, 10.75″ hands, 33.25 arm length
5.01 forty yard dash, 33 bench press reps, 33.5 inch vertical jump, 108″ broad jump, 7.26 3 cone drill, 4.44 20 yard shuttle
I'm sure many of you were not thrilled by this pick given the national hype of Jerel Worthy, Devon Still, and some other guys that were still available, but I was ecstatic when we picked Wolfe. He was a guy who Mel Kiper Jr. actually mocked to us in the first round a couple of weeks ago, so he's been a legit option for our first pick for at least that long (assuming Kiper got that intel from a source in the know that Wolfe was high on our board).
Here's why I'm a big fan of this pick: Wolfe was statistically more productive for a longer period of time than any other player at his position in this draft. As you can see, last year alone he had 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, which are great numbers for a defensive tackle.
He's a big, strong guy who has solid athletic ability but won't blow anyone away like Dontari Poe did. However, I think the Broncos got a hard worker who gives 100 percent effort on every play, and he certainly has the capability to collapse the pocket and do what the Broncos have needed for years. I was so relieved when the Broncos picked Wolfe because we have finally used a premium selection on a defensive tackle, and one that I have high hopes for.
2. Second Round, 57th overall: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
He is obviously a big, athletic kid who has a really strong arm and a slightly awkward delivery, but I don't see that as a major factor going forward. Changing a throwing motion actually killed Tim Tebow's accuracy, and it ain't broken with Osweiler so don't fix it, just tweak it and make it better.
5’9″ 200 pounds
4.45 second 40 yard dash, 30″ arms, 8 1/2″ hands
17 bench press reps, 37″ vertical jump