Rookie review: Kyle Wilber

January, 23, 2013
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AP Photo/Paul SpinelliKyle Wilber played in 10 games his rookie season, mostly in an unfamiliar inside linebacker spot.
Kyle Wilber

Position: Linebacker

How acquired: Fourth round (No. 113 overall), Wake Forest

What he did: Wilber played in 10 games as a rookie and saw most of his action on special teams. He played sparingly as a backup outside linebacker on defense to Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware and finished with three tackles. He was eighth on the team in special teams stops with eight. His most extensive action came against Philadelphia on Dec. 2, when he played inside linebacker in the sub package because of injuries. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan did not do him any favors by putting him in an unfamiliar spot, and he struggled.

Where he fits in the future: The Cowboys touted his work as a possible edge rusher in their 3-4 system after his 13.5 sacks in four years at Wake Forest, but the move to a 4-3 seems to make him an odd fit unless he can fit in at strong side outside linebacker in Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense. He does not have the size to put his hand on the ground to play defensive end and at times as a rookie he got overwhelmed when asked to hold up at the point of attack in practice. He was limited by a pair of hand injuries that took him out of preseason work and all but one preseason game. He has the athletic ability to make the move off the line and he should be more comfortable with the pro game as he enters his second year. He will need to improve as a special teams player.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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