With over 100 tackles each of the past three seasons, Wagner has produced at a high level. Wagner is undersized, but his athleticism and instincts make him an interesting prospect to many teams.
National Football Posts says about Wagner,
He possesses a shorter frame with decent length for his size and above-average natural athletic ability to his game. Wagner exhibits solid instincts inside vs. the run game. Does a good job finding the football inside and when he does locate it he breaks down well and will wrap with his longer arms, running his legs through contact. He possesses good range in pursuit, is an above-average athlete with a good burst and natural straight-line speed toward the perimeter.
Because he weighs in at under 240 pounds, Wagner struggles to shed blocks. He also needs to work on his coverage skills.
However, Wagner is a terrific athlete with the ability to become a well-rounded player, and is capable of playing any linebacker position in the NFL.
As a rookie, Wagner will contribute on special teams. He is capable of starting, but will likely need to work his way up to that level.
The Seahawks needed to shore up their run defense, and Wagner proved rather adept at that during his college tenure. In a division that's getting more and more competitive, it's a smart pick by Carroll and Co.