Former Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner was pretty sure that he was going to get drafted into the NFL on Friday night, but was still caught off guard when the phone rang midway through the second round.
"I was on the way to the bathroom when I got a call from my agent and then I got a call from a Seattle number and I never got to go to the bathroom," Wagner laughed. "We got the phone call right before the pick and I got to tell them and everybody screamed. When my name went across the screen, everybody screamed again."
The Seahawks made Wagner hold it for a little while, using the 47th overall selection on the Aggies all-time leading tackler. With the pick, Wagner became the highest drafted Aggie since defensive end Rulon Jones went 42nd overall to the Denver Broncos in 1980.
"It means a lot," Wagner said about being the highest drafted Aggie in 32 years. "It means all the hard work has paid off. It's been a long road to get where I'm at right now. … It is a blessing and an honor."
Utah State has now had the first player drafted from the state of Utah in the last two drafts. Cornerback Curtis Marsh was taken by the Eagles in the third round last season.
In the lead up to the NFL Draft Wagner was named Senior Bowl MVP for a seven-tackle and one interception performance. The Ontario, California native missed the NFL Combine with a bout of pneumonia, but put up impressive numbers at Utah State's pro day turning scouts' heads by running a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.6 comments on this story
"I knew that Seattle had a lot of interest in me since they had me in for some visits and they put me through a lot more than the other teams," said Wagner. "I'm excited to be on the Seahawks and I can't wait to get up there and get to work."
Wagner doesn't know exactly what Seattle's plans are for him, but he should get a chance to earn a starting spot right away. The Seahawks starting middle linebacker and leading tackler from last season, David Hawthorne, signed with the Saints in the offseason. Wagner will team up with outside linebacker Bruce Irvin to form a new-look linebacking core for Seattle.
Irvin was selected out of West Virginia with the Seahawks first round selection at number 15 overall.