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Sizing up Bobby Wagner

A closer look at second-round draft choice Bobby Wagner:

Pick: 15th in the round, 47th overall, after the Seahawks traded down from the 11th spot with the Jets.

Pertinent numbers: 6-foot, 241 pounds. … He was sick, so did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but compensated with a strong Pro Day workout that included running the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and popping an 11-foot broad jump. … Also was the defensive MVP in the Senior Bowl after making seven tackles and intercepting a pass. … Did not begin playing football until his junior year at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., because “I thought I was going to be the next Michael Jordan,” Wagner said. … Will graduate on May 5 with a degree in business entrepreneurship. … Born June 27, 1990.

What he brings: A productive player at a position where the Seahawks need depth – and possibly a starter – after losing leading tackler David Hawthorne in free agency. Wagner was a four-year starter, working at inside and outside linebacker in Utah State’s multiple-front defense, and produced 115 tackles in 2009, 133 in 2010 and 147 last season. He also had a career-high four sacks last season.

Where he fits: The Seahawks will put him at middle linebacker, but he also has the versatility and skills to move outside because he can rush the passer, drop into coverage and “run like the wind,” as assistant director of college scouting Eric Stokes put it.

What they’re saying: “First and foremost, he’s a big-time upgrade athletically. His speed and his range are going to be very impressive. Then you’re getting a guy who’s very physical. It’s going to be a natural adjustment to middle linebacker.” – Stokes


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