Expect Changes at Outside Linebacker In 2013 For the Dallas Cowboys

The NFL draft has come and gone and with it all the pre-draft hype. The Dallas Cowboys addressed defensive needs as many expected the team would do. One specific position of need that reared its ugly head during the pre-draft hype and virtually went overlooked by many a Cowboys fan was the outside linebacker position.

News that concerned the team during the week leading up to the NFL draft was outside linebacker Anthony Spencer signing the teams franchise tender set at $8.8M for the 2012 season. Along with the announcement of the Spencer signing the news broke that the Cowboys would not look to sign the 5 year veteran to a long term deal.

May 4, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Kyle Wilber in action against James Hanna (84) during rookie mini-camp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Content on employing Spencer this next season at the allotted amount designated to franchise the outside linebackers Jerry Jones and company seem to have conceded to the thoughts of many fans regarding the one-time Purdue Boilermaker. Many fans have expected so much more from the former first round draft pick and While Spencer has excelled in being a solid run-stopper his sack numbers have left much to be desired.

Not signing Anthony Spencer to a long term deal left the Dallas Cowboys needing to address the position via the NFL draft and that is exactly what the team done. By drafting players like Wake Forest’s Kyle Wilber in the fourth round and signing undrafted free agent Adrian Hamilton who will be used at outside linebacker also the Cowboys are already taking the neccessary steps to fill the void left by Spencer’s likely departure after the 2012 NFL season concludes. Already both Wilber and Hamilton are standing out after the team’s three day mini-camp this last weekend at Valley Ranch.

Hamilton showed the ability to not only drop to deflect a ball but was able to get around the corner on Tackle Jeff Adams with ease. -Bryan Broaddus

Others workout players that could up getting an invite back for a shot at camp are nose tackle Myles Caragein and defensive ends Luke Black and Ben Bass.

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Topics: Adrian Hamilton, Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys, Kyle Wilber

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