Rick Wagner: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Wisconsin OT
Rick Wagner dealt with some injuries in 2012 that didn't allow him to be as dominating as many expected him to be as a senior, but the mammoth offensive lineman from Wisconsin has an NFL-caliber skill set.
He has vast experience in the Big Ten in a pro-style, power running offensive attack and was a productive player for the Badgers since 2010.
Here are five things you need to know about him.
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Full Name: Rick Wagner
Hometown: West Allis, Wis.
High School: Nathan Hale High School
Major: Consumer Affairs
Per, UWBadgers.com, Wagner was "rated as the ninth-best player and the No. 1 tight end in Wisconsin" coming out of high school in 2008.
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2009: Appeared in 12 of 13 games.
2010: Played in 12 games, starting in 10.
2011: Started all 14 games at left tackle.
2012: First team All-Big Ten
(Courtesy of UWBadgers.com)
Wagner was a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy in 2012 and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2011 and 2010.
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Weight: 308 pounds
Arm Length: 34''
Hand Size: 9.87''
40-yard dash: 5.17
Bench: 20 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5''
Broad jump: 101''
20-yard shuttle: 4.91
Wagner only participated in the on-field drills at Wisconsin's pro day (h/t CBSSports). His 31.5-inch vertical was the third-highest of any offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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In high school in Wisconsin, Wagner had "career totals of 39 receptions, 900 yards and six touchdowns" at the tight end position. He undoubtedly has an athletic background (h/t UWBadgers.com).
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At the Senior Bowl, Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote Wagner had an "up and down" week.
Bob McGinn of the same newspaper wrote the following: "I like him as a right tackle," one scout said. "He is one tough guy. Reminds me of (Oakland LT) Jared Veldheer, but he's not athletic enough for left tackle. He's more of a technique-power player than a foot athlete. I like Wisconsin players."