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Here’s what Khaled Elsayed of PFF has to say about Bobby Wagner:
Analysis: Another win for the Seahawks front office that gets immediate production from a draft pick. Wagner quickly worked himself into an every-down role, though it was his ability against the run that really caught our eye. His 14.4 run stop percentage score was the second-highest of all linebackers.
Trending: If he did that as a rookie, what will he do in Year 2? He became an every-down player in Week 5 last year, so this year he'll have even more opportunity to show off his skills.
Wagner’s 140 tackles not only led the league’s No. 4-ranked defense, they were a franchise record for a rookie and tied for the fourth-highest total in Seahawks history – with Michael Jackson (140 in 1981); and behind Terry Beeson (153 in 1978), Chad Brown (150 in 1998) and Anthony Simmons (147 in 2000).
Wagner finished second in voting for NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year behind Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, and while Kuechly had more tackles (164), Wagner had more interceptions (three, to two for Kuechly) and sacks (two, one more than Kuechly).
Wagner had double-digit tackles in six games, with a career-high 14 in the Week 6 upset of the New England Patriots, and finished with eight or nine tackles in eight other games – including both playoff games.
“The guy who’s had a really good offseason is Wagner – in terms of the approach and that kind of stuff,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “One of the things that kind of fires you up about a guy like him is his approach, like, ‘OK, what are some things I need to do better?’ He’s totally trying to get his game to a spot that he aspires to go to, which is a cool thing.”
Wagner’s rookie production, and potential to produce even more in his second season, has not gone unnoticed by Pro Football Focus. In its ranking of the inside/middle linebackers in the league, Wagner is at No. 2 behind Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers.