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Combine Results

5.25 ?
  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.00 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


In 2014, selected first-team FCS All-American, Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Big Sky. Played in 14 games with 13 starts. In 2013, selected first-team All-Big Sky. Started all 13 games. Switched jersey numbers to No. 37 to wear the school legacy uniform and was selected team captain. In 2012, selected first-team All-Big Sky. Started all 11 games. In 2011, played in all 14 games as a reserve DE. Redshirted in 2010.

Pro Day Results

Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches
Bench press: 16 reps of 225 pounds



Passionate pass rusher whose energy seems to ramp up on passing downs. At his best as a pass rusher when lined up as a wide nine-technique. Consistent production as three-year starter with 37 sacks and 52 tackles for loss. Hands need more skill, but they are efficient in pass rush. Has noticeable closing burst to quarterback and running back when he has them in his cross-hairs. Plays with awareness and eyes focused on the traffic in backfield. Recognizes screen passes to his side and snuffs them out. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he had the fourth-best vertical leap of all defensive ends at 37 1/2 inches.


Snap get­-off looks faster on tape due to level of tackle competition. Posted pedestrian 10­-yard split of 1.67 seconds at combine. Will likely have to learn to play outside linebacker in a 3­-4 defense due to lack of size and strength. Gets washed down at the point of attack and struggles to recover back into play once he gets on wrong side of physical battle. His 14 bench-press reps match lack of functional power on tape. Takes wide, high angle to quarterback, allowing tackles to run him up and over the pocket. Labored disengagement from blockers and a step slow to pursue from back side.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Pass-rush specialist from the Big Sky Conference with an impressive ability to close and finish once he wins the corner against tackles. Wagenmann might lack the functional power to be a consistent edge­-setter as a 3-­4 outside 'backer and he's in desperate need of an inside counter as a pass rusher, but he showed enough quickness in change-of-direction drills at the combine to project as a potential backup outside linebacker in the NFL.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.