When the offseason began and the Dallas Cowboys switched to the 4-3 alignment, many people felt the Cowboys lacked the depth on the defensive line to make the change. Jerry Jones disagreed with that assertion and it appears one of the players who made the switch is rewarding Jones’ faith.
Kyle Wilber, a second-year player, has impressed in Dallas’ OTA’s so far in his switch to defensive end. Last week Dallascowboys.com scout Bryan Broaddus came away with a favorable impression of Wilber, and today Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com writes that Wilber is flashing potential while garnering first-team reps in this session.
Improvement from Wilber would be a welcomed sight for the Cowboys since they need more youth on their defensive line. His development would be a huge boost for a group that features three starters who are in their thirties and another player in Anthony Spencer who is bordering 30. Wilber could add to a solid core of young backups on the defensive line and give the Cowboys some real depth at the position.
Wilber didn’t show much in his rookie year but it could have been due to a thumb injury he sustained early on, which saw him fall behind. He was learning a new position last season but in 2013 he’ll be back to the defensive end spot he played at Wake Forest. From all reports, it looks as though Wilber is much more comfortable along the defensive line than he was at outside linebacker.
The Cowboys appeared to have a need along their defensive line earlier in the offseason, but it looks like Kyle Wilber is proving the position is still in good hands.