Redskins draft radar: ILB Bobby Wagner

Redskins draft radar: ILB Bobby Wagner
April 17, 2012, 10:14 pm
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The Redskins 2012 draft will rise or fall based on the success of their picks in the third and fourth rounds. They are getting their quarterback of the future with their top pick, they traded away their second rounder, and anything you can get from the fifth round on is gravy. Those middle-round picks will be important, especially since the team is without its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players who the Redskins might target when they come on the clock for those three picks (one in the third and two in the fourth). Today, we look at Utah State inside linebacker Bobby Wagner. See the bottom of the page for a list of those previously featured.Bobby Wagner
Utah State
HeightWeight: 6-0 38,235 lb40 time: 4.46Best attributes: Relentless tackler,athleticism
Needs to work on: IntstinctsOne's order may vary, but,right tackle,cornerback, guardcenter and safety rank atop the Redskins needs list entering the 2012 draft. Inside linebacker? No, not leading the pack of concerns - and yet seeing the team tackling this area in round three or four will hardly be stunning.London Fletcher is back in Ashburn, but thedefensiveleaderturns 37 years old in May. Even if the Redskins top tackler fends off father time another season, finding an eventual replacement is required. Fletcher's running mate Perry Riley is solid, but not spectacular. Lorenzo Alexander is moving inside and looks to be the reserve this season, but he is not the long-term answer andthere is next to nothing behind that trio. Enter Wagner, a four-year starter for the Aggies who finished third nationally with 147 tackles last season. Mike Shanahan received an eyeful from across the field of the three-time All-WAC performer at this year's Senior Bowl as Wagner was named MVP after snaring an interception and tallying a team-high seven tackles for the victorious North squad. One of just two Utah State players selected for the Senior Bowl since Chris Cooley's 2004 appearance, Wagner's draft projection rangesfrom late in round two to the third round.NFLDraftscout.com on WagnerRun defense: Good balance and strong, long arms for the pull-down tackle while engaged in a block. Shows good patience and then closes quickly in the hole. Looks to slip blocks with quick hands rather than forcefully taking them on and shedding with violence. Pass defense: Cognizant in coverage. Showed better-than-expected fluidity and instincts in coverage during the Senior Bowl practices. A bit heavy-footed and was occasionally beaten to the flanks or down the sideline, leaving questions about whether he has the speed to play outside in the NFL. Tackling: Wraps his arms on most tackles to bring ball carriers to a quick stop. Good lateral and downfield pursuit. Pass RushBlitz: Experienced pass rusher with enough burst to slip by offensive tackles and enough power to blow through running backs left in pass protection. Shows good effort but only a moderate feel for rushing the passer. Allowed to loop around to find favorable matchups, on occasion, but relies too much on speed and bull rushes rather than using any real technique.
SummariesPro Football WeeklyA very active competitor who lives for the game and really works at it, yet struggles to convert his weight-room numbers to the field and always might be hindered by deficient instincts.Wes Bunting, National Football PostA good athlete with some balance and coordination in all areas of his game. He's a 'plus" tackler who can shed on contact and make plays as a blitzer. Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight Bentley C Ben Jones OL Tony Bergstrom RB Robert Turbin RB Bernard Pierce CB Jayron Hosley C Philip Blake OT Zebrie Sanders OL Lucas NixBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @BenStandig