Rapid Reaction: OLB Kyle Wilber

April, 28, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys took an outside pass rusher in Kyle Wilber from Wake Forest with their first fourth-round pick Saturday morning.

Pros: Has played in a 4-3 scheme as defensive end and a 3-4 scheme as outside linebacker. He has four years of playing experience, earning his first start as a redshirt freshman when he started seven of the 13 games -- he had 42 tackles and 5.6 tackles for loss and three sacks. Wilber has the body type -- a tall, lean frame -- to add weight (249), which he'll need to take on tackles and tight ends. He's quick off the snap and is a physical tackler who plays with an attitude.

Cons: He's not powerful and needs to pick up weight. Some reports indicate Wilber has choppy footwork and isn't assignment sound, but coaching can solve some of those issues. He missed a few games in 2009 with a leg injury and endured an arm injury his senior season in 2011. He's raw in some areas.

Cowboy fit: He'll play some special teams and should get an opportunity to play on passing downs as either an end or outside linebacker. He's a tweener, so that gives the Cowboys flex in terms of how to use him. Expect him to compete with third-round pick Tyrone Crawford for playing time on passing downs as a rush end. He will play strong side linebacker opposite DeMarcus Ware.

Could have had: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia; Joe Looney, G, Wake Forest; William Vlachos, C, Alabama; Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma; Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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