Rookies Wolfe and Reyes have impressed

August, 23, 2012
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It’s difficult to find young help on the defensive line. But if the first two preseason and training-camp performances are any indication, both the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers may have found help on the line through the second round of the draft. While hopes are high for Kansas City first-round pick nose tackle Dontari Poe (he was solid in Week 2 of the preseason), new Bronco Derek Wolfe and new Charger Kendall Reyes may be keepers as well.

Both have been dynamic for and they are impressing scouts.

“Reyes and Wolfe have been really impressive,” Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said. “Wolfe is just a playmaker and an excellent interior pass-rusher. My worry with him is that with his leaner body type, how well he can hold up with a high snap count over the course of the season. I don’t think as much will be asked of Reyes, but he fits as a 3-4 DE really well as a taller player who can win with power or quickness.”

Both players were high on Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench's draft list. He liked them before the draft and he thinks both Wolfe and Reyes will be difference makers with their new teams.

“Both of them stood out to me because of their motors more than anything else,” Muench said. “Neither one of them is overly flashy but both make the most of their abilities. They are also similar in that they showed the ability to play end in three-man fronts or defensive tackle in four-man fronts at the college level, so they are versatile.”

I expect both Wolfe and Reyes to be impact players for their new teams right away.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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