Bobby Wagner might not be a natural inside linebacker prospect. In fact, many scouts have him as an outside backer at the next level. This is the position that he played at Utah State.
That really doesn't mean much moving forward. It is all about where Wagner best translates in the National Football League. In my opinion it is on the inside.
A great comparison in regards to this would be NaVorro Bowman, who played outside at Penn State. The San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft to move him inside. After growing pains throughout the first half of his rookie season, Bowman progressed and is now an All-Pro performer.
The comparisons don't end there. Wagner has the same exact build as Bowman and is as talented. The up-and-coming prospect possesses everything that you look for in a linebacker.
Wagner plays at a consistently high level. He is able to go sideline to sideline, draw out a play and stop the running back behind the line of scrimmage. This is something that I noticed Wagner do a great deal of the time in 2011.
More than that, Wagner has the capability to get to the quarterback on a blitz. He has multiple dimensions and can line up at a wide array of different positions in any scheme. You are looking at a prospect that has the capability to perform at a Pro Bowl level in the NFL.
You could see Wagner get some play in the latter half of the first round. If not, there is no way he drops past the second round.
This is how good I view the small-school backer to be at the next level.