Follow us:

Seahawks Blog

The latest news and analysis from all angles on the Seahawks.

April 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Counting down the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all time — No. 13 LB Bobby Wagner

wagner

LINEBACKER BOBBY WAGNER

WHEN DRAFTED: 2012, 2nd round, 47th overall

COLLEGE: Utah State

SEAHAWKS CAREER: 2012-present.

WHY HE’S ON THE LIST: Seahawks fans know the story well — Pete Carroll had known Wagner since high school, when he was recruiting current Denver Bronco Omar Bolden to USC, and remembered Wagner four years later when the second round of the draft rolled around.

Seattle didn’t necessarily take a reach in drafting Wagner — many wrote he could be a second-rounder. Still, some wondered about his size for playing in the middle.

The Seahawks, though, were wowed  by Wagner’s speed.

“He can play all three linebacker spots if we want him to,” Seattle GM John Schneider said on draft day 2012. “We’re going to put him in the middle and take that spot right there and see how he does. Great athleticism, great explosive athlete and the fact that he’s been so consistent with his production, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder, too, we like that about him.”

Said Carroll on draft day:

“He’s played all across the board. He’s played on the edge, he’s played inside and at all positions that we need him to play and it was an easy evaluation in that regard. He’s played so much football. He’s been a big time producer there. He’s 240-plus pounds and he’s really fast and he’s a very explosive athlete, and he’s a natural athlete, too, moving in space and do the coverage things that he’s got to do. He’s a good man-to-man cover guy as well. He can do everything. So now we’ve just got to see if we can fit him in and how quickly he can adapt. He’ll have good help on either side of him with guys that know what we’re doing. We will utilize K.J. [Wright] calling signals and stuff like that – we won’t put that on him [Wagner] right off the bat and we’ll bring him along in that regard and see how that goes.”

It’s gone pretty well. Wagner stabilized the middle almost immediately, giving Seattle a linebacking corps that may be underrated given the attention given to the secondary.

Wagner ranks third in tackles among all players drafted in 2012 with 174, trailing only Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David (who was taken just after Wagner with the 58th overall pick) who has 218, and Carolina’s Luke Kuechly (taken in the first round with the ninth overall pick) with 199.

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►