Originally Posted by DDNYjets
Wilkerson is not a 4-3 DE. At least not a traditional one. He is 315 lbs.
I think we have forgotten what pass rushers look like, understandably b.c it has been a while. We see a DT have some success and we think he is a pass rusher. Wilk is good at beating Guards on the inside. Beating LTs is completely different.
And Coples would be tweener in the 4-3 as well.
Coples is big enough to play DE. If Wilkerson is really to slow to play DE, move him to DT and let him go 1 on 1 with a guard. I don't think him or Coples are 12 sack guys, but I think both have shown an ability to get to the QB. If Wilkerson can get 5-6 sacks as a 3-4 end, he can't get 8-10 as a 4-3 DE? And Wilk would be on the other teams RT, not LT, where he can be of more help against the run and pass at 315. He's not that much bigger than Shaun Ellis was, and Ellis could get a pass rush.
Coples was not played against Pitt because he was too small to play 3-4 end. But he's more than big enough for a 4-3. Rex wants to play a 3-4, but has a NT with a bad back, not pass rushing OLB, and 1 ILB.