With the Falcons allowing Curtis Lofton to walk, there is rumor that they may still be in the market for a starting caliber middle linebacker in the second round. Bobby Wagner is a prospect that could end up in the first round at the end of the day on Thursday.
Utah State University
Height: 6'0-3/8" Weight: 241 pounds
Arm Length: 33" Hand Measurement: 9-1/2"
40 yard dash: 4.46 sec. 20 yard split: 2.64 sec. 10 yard split: 1.57 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.28 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.10 sec. Bench Reps: 24 reps
Vertical Jump: 39.5" Broad Jump: 11'0"
2008 - 11 Games, 9 Games Started, 51 Tackles, 2.0 Tackles for Loss
2009 - 12 Games, 12 Games Started, 114 Tackles, 7.0 Tackles for Loss, 2 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Forced
2010 - 12 Games, 12 Games Started, 133 Tackles, 8.0 Tackles for Loss, 0.5 Sacks
2011 - 13 Games, 13 Games Started , 147 Tackles, 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 4.0 Sacks, 2 Interceptions
He possesses a great frame that is compact and is very agile and quick. He reads the run game very well and is a tackling machine. He drives through every tackle and wraps up every time he makes one. He also has great pursuit skills and can shed blocks well.
He's an intelligent coverage man and has coverage skills that are better than average for his position. He also has great blitzing skills and can create a ton of pressure with speed moves coming off the edge and has a great motor when going after the QB.
Sometimes, he will over-pursue plays and doesn't do a great job staying away from blockers on the interior and could benefit from some good defensive tackles. He can be a bit slow to react once the ball is thrown.
Wagner is a four year starter and a team captain at Utah State. He's a highly productive player who is extremely versatile in how he can be used in a defense. Wagner is the kind of guy every coach wants leading his defense and can allow the team who drafts him great scheme versatility.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
Wagner could be the next long-term Falcon's middle linebacker and should be able to start from the onset. He gives great scheme versatility for the Falcons and he's a guy who can cover, blitz and is a tackling machine. He's a three down middle linebacker in the 4-3 and can play in the nickel packages next to Weatherspoon.