For the second round in a row the Packers selected a defensive lineman in the #MockFour internet mock draft. With the 28th selection in the third round, Green Bay took Derek Wolfe of Cincinnati.
Playing the part of Packers general manager, Zach Kruse and myself were in agreement about selecting Wolfe, arguably the best pass-rushing defensive lineman still on the board, and something the Packers could sorely use from that position.
Wolfe was a very productive college football player totaling 37 tackles for a loss and 19 1/2 sacks in four years. He also helped Cincinnati grab at least a share of the Big East Conference title three times during his tenure and helped them earn berths in two BCS bowl games in 2008 and 2009.
Other positives about Wolfe are that he’s been healthy and durable, has no major character concerns and was named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in April of 2011.
At 6-5, Wolfe is also slightly taller than the Packers prefer most of their defensive linemen, and how he plays with leverage will be a concern.
At the very least, Wolfe should be able to play a nickel pass-rushing role in his rookie year with the ability to easily become a three-down player in the NFL in a short amount of time.
Combined with the selection of Clemson’s Brandon Thompson in the second round of #MockFour and the free agent additions of Tony Hargrove and Daniel Muir, the Packers would suddenly have plenty of depth along the defensive line in such a scenario.
The Packers #MockFour draft so far…
1.28––Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower
2.28––Clemson defensive lineman Brandon Thompson
3.28––Cincinnati defensive lineman Derek Wolfe