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April 26, 2013

Jason Garrett: 2012 draft pick Kyle Wilber will move to defensive end

Kyle Wilber, the 2012 fourth-round pick who was expected to compete for the starting job at strongside linebacker, has been moved to defensive end.

Wilber was a disappointment as a rookie last season as a outside linebacker in the team’s 3-4 defense. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett believes he is a better fit at defensive end in the team’s new 4-3 scheme.

“The easiest transition is going to be to have that hand down and be that pass rusher as opposed to be an off-the-ball linebacker,” Garrett said. “We’ll see how he adjusts to it.”

The issue seems to be Wilber’s size. At 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, he seems small for a defensive end. Garrett said the want Wilber to gain a little weight and strength to handle the rigors of the defensive line but they don’t want him to lose his quickness.

“I think his size is OK,” Garrett said. “The traits that you want in your defensive linemen in this style of defense is quickness and speed. So Kyle needs to get bigger. But we have got to be careful about him getting too big. We still want him have some juice coming off the ball as a pass rusher.”

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