The Broncos used a 2nd round pick on Derek Wolfe in the 2012 NFL Draft. Wolfe was a collegiate defensive tackle and defensive tackle is a major position of need for the Broncos. However, according to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the Broncos plan to use Wolfe, 6-6 295, at defensive end in base packages and move him inside to defensive tackle on passing downs in sub packages.
Robert Ayers was the defensive end opposite Elvis Dumervil in base packages last season and Von Miller would move down and play opposite Dumervil in sub packages to form a “Doom and Gloom” duo that combined for 21 sacks last season. That will continue to be the case this season, but it’s unclear what Ayers’ role will be next season with Wolfe in town. Ayers is a former 1st round pick of the Josh McDaniels regime in 2009 and he finally had a solid season last year.