With the 113th overall selection in the 4th round, The Cowboys selected Wake Forest’s OLB/DE Kyle Wilber. Wilber most likely will come in as a project player providing depth behind Anthony Spencer and Demarcus Ware. The Boys’ also has depth with Victor Butler and Alex Albright. Wilber could also be a possible grooming player that may replace Spencer, Especially since Spencer was only franchised to a 1 year deal at $8.8 million.
6′-4″ 249 lbs.
Kyle Wilber offers a lot of talent,
intelligence, versatility, and experience, from edge rushing as a down DE to covering the slot in zone. Wilber’s height and smooth hips project well in coverage against tall NFL TEs. In space, Wilber demonstrates good agility, and uses his long arms to occupy, shed, and make tackles. Wilber is best suited for 4-3 OLB, but could be tried at 3-4 OLB.
Strengths: Smart, instinctive player always around the ball. Has smooth hips to turn and run in coverage. Good at using long arms to disengage from blockers and make plays. Is quick off the snap and an effective blitzer. Covers a lot of area in zone and uses long frame to defend passes. Good athlete for frame.
Weaknesses: Is neither a great edge rusher nor good at anchoring against OLs on running plays, and hence does not project well as a 3-4 OLB. High cut and long legged, and does not possess elite acceleration. Has not demonstrated good ball skills in man coverage.
With the 135th pick in the draft, The Cowboys selected SS Matt Johnson from Eastern Washington. I am very confused about this pick, especially with South Carolina’s Antonio Allen still sitting on the board. Most draft experts had Johnson listed as a late 7th round selection, and even some having him listed as a rookie free agent.
Coming from the Big Sky conference, Johnson is listed as a 6′-1″ 212 lbs. strong safety. As of the 2010 season, he was coming in with 38 starts, 289 tackles, 15 interceptions, and 13 passes broken up. I can’t seem to find any 2011 stats on him, but I will keep searching.
In my honest opinion, Johnson was a reach at this point in the 4th round, I would have been more pleased if they would have gambled on him in the 6th or 7th round.
The Cowboys now have 3 picks left. In the 5th Round, 17th Pick (152nd Overall), the 6th Round, 16th Pick (186th Overall), and the 7th Round, 15th Pick (222nd Overall).