Photo of Bobby Wagner
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 2
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 47

Combine Results

Grade
84.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "This is Pete Carroll's kind of linebacker. He's been a fast riser. He tested extremely well, and he's a big linebacker. This guy is also a four-team special teams player, so you get that production from him, too. He can be explosive for them."

  • 6'0" Height
  • 233LBS. Weight

Overview

Wagner is an impressive prospect who is a prototypical NFL middle linebacker in terms of size, tackling ability and instincts. He called all the plays for Utah State's defense. He's had more than 100 tackles each of the past two years. He is a stellar pre-snap defender and properly lines up his teammates. He recognizes the play and diagnoses where to run once the ball is snapped. He is a bit short for the position at just over 6-foot-0, but he is thick and brings power when he meets a running back in the hole. He projects to be a starter at the next level and be selected late in the second round of the draft.

Analysis

Strengths

Wagner can sniff out a play and read the offensive line, which allows him to hit the gap and meet a running back in the hole. He can hit, push back and disengage from linemen. He can deliver a blow to linemen and then get off the block and find the ball. He is stronger than he appears and can toss bigger linemen aside to get to disrupt a play. He has speed to run down the play outside but can be outrun at times by fast running backs. He has a motor that doesn't stop.

Weaknesses

Wagner is undersized to play middle linebacker in the NFL. This hasn’t affected him much thus far in his career, as he plays much stronger than he looks, but at the next level he could get overpowered by larger linemen. He hasn't had much production rushing the passer from his spot but posts a good amount of tackles for loss and is in the backfield often.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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