Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner is a tackling machine that ranks in the high second tier of linebackers in the 2012 NFL Draft class.
As a senior in 2011, Wagner recorded 147 total stops on the year, notched 4.0 sacks and picked off a pair of passes.
- Very athletic
- Versatile - can play inside and out
- Consistent performer - great production (nine of 13 games with at least 10 tackles, including 18 against Colorado State and 20 versus Louisiana Tech in 2011)
- Two-year team captain
- Instinctual in pass coverage and an excellent run defender
- Intelligent and hard worker
- Lateral agility
- Wrap-up tackler with immediate stopping power
- Patient, read-and-react defender
- Lacks ideal size (6-foot 1/4, 241 pounds)
- Quicker rather than being fast
- Limited experience as a blitzer
- Teams didn't get to see him work out at the Scouting Combine, as he was hospitalized with pneumonia at the time
- Struggles shedding blocks from larger blockers
Expected draft placement
Wagner earned every bit of the Round 2 grade KFFL deemed him to be, and he shouldn't slide out of that round. We feel he is best served to play 4-3 middle linebacker, but he may have a shot at succeeding as a SAM or even 3-4 strongside 'backer.
The former Aggie could draw interest from the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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