Another Late Round OLB - Kyle Wilber (WF)
This guy has good pass rush ability, long arms and seems like a good player to transition to OLB for us. I haven't heard about his performance in practices this week, and I believe he is in Mobile.
Instincts/Recognition Overall instincts are solid. Plays with his eyes and makes a quick diagnosis and reaction to the ball. Possesses good field awareness and has a natural feel for situations. Maintains good discipline against play action and flashes ability to sniff out screens. Has experience dropping into coverage but will need coaching and development in terms of angles and route recognition in his drops.
Take-on Skills "Tough and does not back down from challenges. Flashes quick hands and can lock out blockers with his arms. However, needs to get stronger in the upper body. Did not see the quick-twitched explosive point of attack skills on tape. Can get engulfed by bigger and more massive offensive lineman when caught in a phone booth. "
Range vs. Run Overall range is solid for size. Displays adequate lateral agility and change of direction skills. Closing burst is above-average and can work down the line of scrimmage and make plays from the backside. Also does a nice job of wading through traffic in pursuit.
Tackling Long arms give him a wide range as a tackler. Fundamentally sound and wraps up upon contact. Flashes ability to deliver heavy hit but did not see the explosive striking ability on tape. Will have some limitations against quicker and more elusive runners when caught in a one-on-one situation in space.
3rd Down Capabilities "Best attribute in this area will be as a pass rusher. Has ample experience playing with his hand in the dirt and displays natural pass rushing ability. Possesses an above-average initial get off and flashes ability to bend the edge and shave the corner. Also displays a wide variety of pass rushing moves including an effective inside swim move. Also uses hands well as a counter puncher. Needs to develop more finishing power though which could improve by adding more bulk with a few off-seasons in the weight room. Has experience dropping into coverage and can hold up in underneath coverage. However, lacks elite fluidity and will have limitations if matched up in man coverage. "
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