2017 NFL Draft

Kyle Wilber, OLB

School: Wake Forest  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Apopka, FL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 4/113 - Kyle Wilbur, LB, 6-3, 250, Wake Forest...The Cowboys were looking to upgrade their pass rush and Wilbur helps address that need. He had 13.5 sacks in college. But he is also solid covering backs out of the backfield and good against the run. - The Sports Xchange

01/23/2012 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: DE/OLB Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest: With lean limbs and frame, Wilber doesn't necessarily look like a prototypical pass rusher off the edge, but he pursues the quarterback with a relentless attitude. He has tweener traits and needs to show better discipline against the run, but he has the flexibility and long arms to rip past blockers and change directions with coordinated footwork. Wilber won't be valued the same by every team and projects best as a hybrid DE/OLB in a 3-4 scheme. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: DE/OLB Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest: Wilber has drawn mixed opinions across the board. He has struggled with his hand on the ground at defensive end, showing underwhelming upper- and lower-body strength. However, he has impressed with his foot quickness, burst and overall flexibility to bend and break down in space. He will be considered a later-round player by teams employing 4-3 defenses, but will be valued much more teams that use the 3-4. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2011 - ACC WEEK 2 LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest, OLB, Sr., 6-5, 240, Apopka, Fla. Outside linebacker Kyle Wilber, a 6-5, 240-pound redshirt senior from Apopka, Fla (Apopka) recorded seven tackles against NC State including five solo stops and two assists. He also forced a fumble and had a half-tackle for loss. - ACC football

09/09/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Demon Deacons will aim to complete the task this week after putting together a strong effort for three quarters against Syracuse. Half of the 14 first downs yielded during regulation came in the final 11 minutes, so Wake Forest will need to toughen up for a longer stretch. The Demon Deacons made good use of multiple defensive backs in opener, so they might have some flexibility there. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kyle Wilber is adjusting to a full-time role as an outside linebacker after beginning his career as a defensive end. The senior blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter against Syracuse, keeping the game tied. It was the fourth blocked kick of his career, with three of those coming in season-opening games. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The good thing for Wake Forest is that players at positions across the board were rather embarrassed by the team's performance a year ago. That should heighten the motivation among this group. The defensive backs should have gained significant experience last year and that will be vital because the Demon Deacons will remain a bit unproven across the front line. They've switched the alignment to 3-4 after made a midseason change last year. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kyle Wilber - He's the most accomplished defender for the Demon Deacons, but this year he starts out as a linebacker instead of bouncing around to different roles after carrying the label of defensive end in past seasons. He still might be the biggest threat on the team to apply a pass rush. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The defense must return to a form where it can be a difference maker. The Demon Deacons, during their successful run a few years ago, relied on the defense assisting the offense with both points and field position. There are a good number of linebackers who have played significant time the past couple of years, but it remains unclear if any of them are capable of handling a big-time role as a leader on the defense. With LB Kyle Wilber moving from a defensive end role, he could be in position for more game-changing plays if he adjusts well to the move. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: LB Kyle Wilber was the player maker on defense last season when he was mostly lining up at defensive end. His move to linebacker is expected to give him more freedom to make plays and the Demon Deacons are counting on. If the shift in position sticks, they could be sacrificing something in pass rushing with Wilber in another role. Wilber is the most accomplished player on the defense and the Demon Deacons don't have the luxury of allowing him to ease into the new position. - The Sports Xchange

05/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DE Kyle Wilber is the top play-maker on the defensive side, though he's capable of moving around and lining up at linebacker. Expect to see the Demon Deacons experiment with him some before the season to see where he can make the biggest impact. - The Sports Xchange


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