Rick Wagner   #71 OT

Height: 6-6   Weight: 315   Age: 29

Born: 10/21/1989 West Allis , WI

College: Wisconsin

Experience: 6th season

High School: Nathan Hale HS [West Allis, WI]





Draft 2013

Pick No.168

Selected By: Baltimore Ravens

Round: 5

Pick (Overall): 35 (168)

Pick Analysis: After protecting the blindside for Russell Wilson in 2011, Wagner was forced to block for less athletic (and talented) passers in 2012. The Badgers continue to lose high quality offensive linemen to the NFL, but they repeatedly reload with equal production every year. Until this season.

The West Allis, Wis. native joined his homestate program as a walk-on, losing out on some potential scholarship offers due to an eight-game suspension his senior year of high school for a rules violation. Wagner was also a highly sought-after high school basketball player, earning multiple offers from lower-level Division 1 schools -? but the 80 pounds he gained in his first year or so after getting to campus cemented his status as an offensive lineman. He played 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009, and then got his chance to start 10 games when teammate Josh Oglesby went down with an injury the following year. Wagner garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year in 2011 as a first-year starter at left tackle. As a senior, Wagner continued that production until a right knee injury cut into his consecutive starts streak. He only missed one game due to the injury, so Wagner held down the left side in the other 13 contests.