Seahawks draft Utah State LB Bobby Wagner

After moving down a few spots in the NFL draft, the Seahawks used their second-round pick Friday on Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Wagner, who is listed at 6-foot, 241 pounds, can play middle linebacker, which is a need for the Seahawks with David Hawthorne now in New Orleans. Though he is versatile enough to play outside as well, and the Seahawks have said they would be comfortable using K.J. Wright at middle linebacker instead of strongside if that’s the best fit for the team.

Eric Stokes, the Seahawks assistant director of college scouting, said the plan will be to have Wagner start out playing middle linebacker, but that he is versatile enough to play outside as well.

Stokes referred to Wagner, who ran a 4.46 second 40-yard dash at his pro day, as “a big-time upgrade athletically” for the Seahawks, and while he didn’t single out Hawthorne, that’s likely what he meant.

Wagner, who is from Ontario, Calif., led Utah State in tackles three times in his career, including 147 as a senior. He said he has no preference between middle linebacker and outside, and asked what he does well, he simply answered, “make tackles.”

A late bloomer — Wagner didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school — Wagner didn’t have offers from any big programs, which is how he ended up at Utah State.

“I got a late start on football, and Utah State was the only school recruiting me,” he said. “Everybody else was telling me that I (stink). So I went to the school that recruited me… . I’m used to people saying I can’t do something, then I prove them wrong and then kind of throw in their face a little bit.”

Before picking up football, Wagner said he “thought I was going to be the next Michael Jordan.”

At Utah State, Wagner became a four-year starter and with impressive showings at his pro day and the Senior Bowl, he solidified himself as a legit NFL prospect. Wagner did not, however, attend the NFL Scouting Combine. It wasn’t because he wasn’t invited, but rather because he came down with pneumonia a few days before the Combine. He was so sick, he said, that he threw up so violently as to burst a blood vessel in his eye (sorry if anyone was eating while reading this).

As of now, the Seahawks are schedule to be up again at pick No. 75, but obviously as we’ve seen in the past two rounds, that could change. Stay tuned.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Darrington baseball player Brevin Ross

The shortstop/catcher played five years of varsity baseball and also starred on the basketball team.

Shorewood alum Snell issues apology for part of rant

The Rays pitcher says he wishes he wouldn’t of said ‘I’m not playing unless I get mine.’

Community sports roundup: SnoCo Sports HoF banquet canceled

Plus, Snohomish County FC adds a women’s team, the Snohomish Soccer Dome gets new management and more.

Meadowdale softball player Kate Houghton

The standout pitcher will play college softball at Central Connecticut State University.

Prep notebook: Kamiak hires new boys wrestling coach

Plus, a Meadowdale junior gets picked for the WIAA LEAP Committee.

Mariners begin ‘summer camp’ at T-Mobile Park

But the workouts look a whole lot different amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Marysville Pilchuck soccer player Edgar Martinez

Standout defender also kicked for the football team and shares a name with a Seattle Mariners icon.

What’s next for Mariners’ minor-leaguers?

The the minor-league season canceled, most young players will be left to work out on their own.

AquaSox season over after MLB cancels minor-league season

In a statement, the team said it looks “forward to having AquaSox baseball back at Funko Field in 2021.”

Everett Merchants’ season canceled due to pandemic

The semi-pro summer baseball team was hoping to play its 47th season under coach Harold Pyatte.

Empty stands at Emerald Downs leave empty feeling inside

The reality of the summer sets in when witnessing first-hand empty stands at a sporting event.

Canadian Hockey League hit with abuse lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the CHL and its member leagues have been complicit in the abuse of underage players.