Kyle Wilber to Cowboys: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Jimmy Grappone@cltsportshubCorrespondent IApril 28, 2012

Kyle Wilber (97): Defensive End/Outside LInebacker, Wake Forest University
Kyle Wilber (97): Defensive End/Outside LInebacker, Wake Forest University

Kyle Wilber started for four years at Wake Forest after redshirting his first freshman season, and will most likely play a hybrid DE/OLB position in the NFL, much like Jason Taylor has for the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

At 6'4" and 250 pounds, Wilber is particularly well-suited to a 3-4 defense, where he can rush the passer from an upright position or a 3-point stance.

Wilber also has good speed for a defensive lineman and he has the ability to make tackles in pursuit from the backside, which he did throughout his collegiate career.

Wilber gained a lot of playing experience at Wake Forest, and on the upside, he could become a poor man's Jason Pierre-Paul if he puts on another 25-30 pounds without losing any speed.

According to NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler, Wilber has underwhelming strength, but his footwork and flexibility make him an effective pass-rusher:

He has tweener traits and needs to show better discipline against the run, but he has the flexibility and long arms to rip past blockers and change directions with coordinated footwork. Wilber won't be valued the same by every team and projects best as a hybrid DE/OLB in a 3-4 scheme.

Wilber is a relentless pass-rusher who plays full speed on every down. He has long arms, quick feet and good change-of-direction skills. Good attitude for special teams, good teammate, and a hard-working football player.

He needs to get stronger and improve against the run. He could also stand to gain a few pounds. Not an every down player in a 4-3 scheme at this point in his development.

If properly utilized, the former Demon Deacon has the potential to be an impact player with six to eight sacks in his rookie season, and he will also be a special teams stalwart. I would not be surprised if WIlber blocks a kick or two this season and is a team leader in special-teams tackles.

Pick Analysis:

The Cowboys continue to add depth to their defense, adding a gifted pass-rusher in Wake Forest's Kyle Wilber. Defensive coordinator may need to get creative in how he uses Wilber in his rookie season, but he should be used as a situational pass-rusher.