Welcome to Seattle Bobby Wagner…Utah St. inside linebacker

Seahawks 2nd Round Selection

Name: Bobby Wagner
Position: OLB
College: Utah State
Height: 6-0¼
Weight: 241
40 yard dash: 4.51
Grade: 73

Walter Jones looks good doesn’t he?

After sleeping on yesterday’s pick the Seattle Seahawks made with the 15th overall draft pick I have found a way to cope.

I came to the realization that I have to look at what this kid brings to the table more than where he was drafted because I cannot handle drafting such a one dimensional player that early in the draft.

With the new outlook I am focusing on the fact that Bruce Irvin is an elite pass rusher who can put up double digit sack numbers year in and year out.

Quarterbacks in the NFC West will be running around quite a bit more when they face the Seahawks this season. The trio of Chris Clemens, Jason Jones and Bruce Irvin are going to leave quarterbacks running for their lives.

That excites me.

At 4:00 PT the Pete Carroll and John Schneider were looking at making two selections for the day.

The second round pick (43th overall) and the 3rd round (75th overall).

Many had hoped Coby Fleener would drop to the Seahawks, including myself but he was selected with the second pick of the round by the Indianapolis Colts.

Bobby Wagner

Seahawks drop back but still get their man. Bobby Wagner from Utah State

Two selections before the Seahawks were set to pick the Carolina Panthers selected guard Amini Silatolu who I was hoping Seattle would draft.

He is going to be a solid guard in the NFL.

The Seahawks then traded the 43rd pick to the New York Jets for the 47th pick in the draft as well as two more draft picks (5th and 7th round in 2012). With that pick the Jets took wide receiver Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech.

With the 47th pick overall the Seahawks selected ILB Bobby Wagner out of Utah State.

Wagner is a smart player. Rarely is he caught out of position and he lets the game come to him.

He’s not the type of player who is a sexy pick, don’t expect the bone crushing hits that we are used to from watching David Hawthorn over the last few seasons but he wont prematurely enter the hole allowing the running back to make a quick cut around the block and go for a big play.

He struggles a bit in pass coverage and will let guys get behind him. Unfortunately that makes him the typical Seahawks linebacker.

Once he gets his hands on a ball carrier they are going down.

He’s a solid tackler who will engulf the opponent.

Bobby Wagner is a solid player and a solid pick by the Seahawks. Some will say he was drafted too early but since when do John and Pete care about that?

From Espn.

“Four-year starter that hasn’t sustained any significant injuries to the best of our knowledge. Above average motor and takes sound angles for the most post. Active hands, upper body strength make it difficult to keep a body on him in space. Top-end speed, however, is just average and not going to run down quicker backs when gets caught in a trail position. “

Seattle still holds 8 picks over the next two days.

Third: 12th, 75th
Fourth: 11th, 106th
Fourth: 19th, 114th
Fifth: 19th, 154th
Sixth: 2nd, 172nd
Sixth: 12th, No 181st
Seventh: 18th, 225th
Seventh: 25th, 232nd


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