Remember back in 2005, the Seahawks drafted a MLB out of USC named Lofa Tatupu. He was a intelligent, undersized MLB who would change the face of the Seahawks. From 2005 to 2010 he did just that.
Flash forward to today. The Seahawks selected ILB Bobby Wagner out of Utah State. He is listed as an intelligent, undersized MLB. Sounds familiar.
According to Wikipedia, Tatupu is 6’0 and weighs in at 238. Wagner is 6’0 and 241. In 25 games at USC, Tatupu racked up 202 tackles. Wagner played all 4 seasons at Utah State registering 445 tackles. Tatupu ran the 40 in 4.73, Wagner ran it in 4.47. Tatupu was drafted in Round 2, pick 45, Wagner was also Round 2, but pick 47. Tatupu was a highly intelligent LB who could diagnose plays and get the defensive line as well as the other linebackers in position to make outstanding plays. Wagner, from NFL.com, called all the plays for the Utah State defense. The simliarities are almost eerie.
Per kffl.com, Dallas would have taken Bobby Wagner with their second round pick had they not traded it to St. Louis in order to move up in the draft. They also showed that Wagner worked out for several teams, including the Seahawks, the Chargers, the Rams, and the 49ers. He also worked out for the Titans, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Eagles, Ravens, and the Browns. Wagner had garnered plenty of interest from alot of the teams in the NFL, and by no means was he invisible.
This next year should prove to be something special after the Seahawks have added Wagner. We have seen very close similiarites to a former great and loved linebacker here in Seattle. Although Wagner will not be bearing the number 51 for the Seahawks this season, rest assured he will make the number 54* just as well known.