Dove Valley, CO – After trading out of the first round yesterday, the Denver Broncos didn’t have to wait long to make their first selection in the 2012 draft. They decided on DT Derek Wolfe from the University of Cincinnati, who had a very productive career in college. At 6’5″ and almost 300 lbs, Wolfe had 9.5 sacks as a senior and 19.5 in his four years as a Bearcat. He has the ability to stuff the run, and has also shown a knack for getting to the QB as well. Wolfe is a very versatile DT who some believed could have gone late in the first round. This choice, although not a sexy pick, fills a hole this team desperately needed to address.
With their second selection (#57 overall) in the 2nd round, the Broncos chose to go with QB Brock Osweiler from Arizona State. Osweiler is very raw, but will have plenty of time to sit and learn behind Peyton Manning. This pick could pan out down the road when Manning decides to hang em up.
Denver then moved up from pick #87 to select RB Ronnie Hillman at #67 overall. Hillman, from San Diego State University, is only 20 years old. He is very quick, and showed last year he could be very productive with 1,711 rushing yards and 19 TD’s. Hillman ran a 4.45 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine in February, so speed is not a problem. This pick makes a lot of sense as Hillman can be the guy who comes in on 3rd downs, and also be an explosive pass catcher out of the backfield.
Denver Sports by J Simp