Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe was one of the best players in the Big East this season. So where does he fit on the next level?
Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. recently watched film from 2011, and evaluated the type of system that would best suit him. Muench believes the hybrid defense New England runs would work best because Wolfe can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4:
Wolfe is a fringe second-round value, and New England could do well to take him late in the second. The Patriots have four free-agent defensive linemen, they could stand to get younger along the defensive line and Wolfe's versatility makes him a good fit for that hybrid front.
Wolfe came into Cincinnati as a defensive end before moving inside, so he has experience doing both. There also were times this season he played on the outside. He already has been listed as a potential sleeper pick. Wolfe told me last month he enjoyed playing end in 3-4 alignments because, "I get a lot of space to work on one guy."