Bobby Wagner to Seahawks: Seattle Addresses Need in Middle of Defense

David StevensContributor IIApril 27, 2012

Bobby Wagner (ILB) Utah State
Bobby Wagner (ILB) Utah State

The Seattle Seahawks made the decision to fill a need with their second round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. However, before they spent that pick, they decided to add value by trading down and gaining two late-round picks.

Just prior to being put on the clock, the Seahawks announced that they traded the No. 43 pick for the No.'s 47, 154 and 232 picks. This ballooned their total number of picks to 10, which should allow them to address all of their needs, while adding significant depth.

At the No. 47 pick, they chose Bobby Wagner, an inside linebacker from Utah State.

At 6'0" and 241 lbs, Wagner is an undersized prospect. However, he makes up for that with speed and quickness. He has good length and is able to wrap up well. Furthermore, he has good football instincts. He sees the ball well and then closes quickly.

He had pneumonia during the combine and didn't participate, but he put in a strong pro-day performance. He was unofficially timed at 4.46 in the 40. He also finished 2011 with 147 tackles, including twelve tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He has the speed to drop back in coverage and is aggressive against the run. 

National Football Post has him rated as the No. 3 ILB prospect and gave him a grade of 6.5. has him rated as the No. 6 overall linebacker and the No. 3 rated inside linebacker.

The consensus is that Wagner will not start in 2012, but has the ability to mature into a starter in the future.