2012 NFL Draft immediate impact: LB Bobby Wagner

Another pick, another linebacker

What we know:

  • Wagner is a 4 year starter
  • a two-year captain
  • a three-time All-WAC player
  • he’s powerful, athletic, and tracks plays all the way to the sideline
  • had 147 tackles as a senior
  • Plays bigger than he is (says Pete Carroll), and tackles hard, effectively and fast!

After trading down on the first day of the NFL draft and picking up a LB, the Seattle Seahawks decided to do the same thing on day two, trading away their second round pick to move down and select Bobby Wagner a LB out of Utah State.

To me, this pick made a whole lot more sense than day one’s first round pick, sure Bruce Irvin is definitely the flashier of the two linebackers, but his off field performances scare me more than his sacking ability should scare opposing NFC West QB’s.

With the loss of David Hawthorne, Wagner could make an impact early on for the Seahawks.

We all know how thin we are at the linebacker position.

4 year starter

Wagner was a four year starter at Utah state, leading the team in tackles this past season. No serious injuries have been reported on him during his time in college, so he is quite durable, which will help with the injury problems that the Hawks have had at linebacker lately.

Bobby Wagner Linebacker Seahawks

147 tackles as a senior with the Aggies

Inside and outside mobility 

Another plus with this pick is the ability to play Wagner on the inside or on the outside, freeing up Leroy Hill to be the main man in the middle if they want, or flip the two.

We’ll know more when we see them all on the field together.

It will be fun to see, and to also bring in Bruce Irvin for third down pass rushing schemes taking Red Bryant off the field.

Not Flashy

As noted above, this is not a flashy pick by any means. But Wagner seems to be the hard working kid with the need to suceed that the Seahawks need out of a draft pick.

So far after two days in the war room, to me Wagner is the best value for the position he was selected out of the three players taken.

Look for him to make an impact immediately for the Hawks.

Name: Bobby Wagner
College: Utah State
Height: 6-0
Weight: 241
Position: OLB / ILB
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012
40 Time: 4.46
40 Low: 4.42
40 High: 4.58


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