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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ricky Wagner, OT

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Allis, WI
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Latest News
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Although they didn't participate in the 40-yard dash, offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Ricky Wagner displayed their speed in footwork drills, displaying their pull techniques and initial first-steps off the line. The scout who led the individual drills was affiliated with the Miami Dolphins. Both lineman ran the 40 at the NFL Combine, with Frederick recording a 5.58 and Wagner with a 5.17. Wagner also recorded the third-best vertical jump of any offensive lineman at the combine with a leap of 31.5 inches.

With the focus more on the 10-yard split of the 40 for offensive lineman, both were satisfied enough with their combine results to feel no urgency to run again. "I'm never running another 40 in my life," Wagner said. "I don't run more than 10 yards." "It's not often you see an offensive lineman running 40 yards down the field," Frederick said. "Unless hopefully your running back has scored, in which case you can trot it down the field." - Nick Korger, The Badger Herald

03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Ricky Wagner, OT (6-6 1/8, 309) - Wagner stood on his numbers from the combine. Both Wagner and Frederick were worked out in the position drills by Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Offensive linemen to watch: Logic says that the players who put forth the most impressive workout results have the most in gain at the combine each year. That isn't necessarily the case. In most cases, the elite athletes are already well known by scouts. The players who actually boost their grades during the athletic drills at the combine are those who show better-than-expected athleticism or help their cause through interviews. Take Wisconsin's Rick Wagner and Oregon's Kyle Long as examples.

Wagner has long been a standout for the Badgers but is not the physically dominant run-blocker Wisconsin has consistently sent into the NFL. He is, however, light on his feet, especially given the fact he sports a 6-foot-6-inch, 310-pound frame. A solid showing at the combine could help him further differentiate himself from the stereotyping some scouts or NFL coaches might do if seeing him for the first time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, OLine, Three up...Three down...2. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin (6-6 1/8, 310 pounds). It still feels like he's learning how to play offensive line after a rough couple of days. Teammates Jones and Okafor, who have gone back and forth with Fisher, have gotten past Wagner, particularly when they use speed. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football

12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Wisconsin football

09/10/2012 - Wisconsin Badgers offensive line coach Mike Markuson is out after two games, according to multiple reports. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal reported the news late Sunday, citing sources. Badgers' offensive quality control coordinator Bart Miller is expected to serve as Markuson's replacement. Wisconsin made a change after the Badgers recorded just 35 rushing yards in Saturday's 10-7 loss at Oregon State. The Badgers were one of four teams to drop out of the AP's Top 25 poll Sunday. The Badgers rank 103rd nationally in rushing after two games, after finishing 11th last year. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2012 - Top-five Wisconsin prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. OT Ricky Wagner...A tackle with experience on both the left and right side, Wagner is slated to be the only senior starter on the Badgers' offensive line in 2012. He replaced Gabe Carimi at left tackle last season and will look follow in his footsteps as a first round draft pick next April. A talented basketball player out of high school (received five Division I offers), Wagner was barely a blip on the football recruiting radar after he missed most of his senior year at the prep level due to suspension (alcohol-related offense). However, he always wanted to be a Badger and walked on as a 240-pound tight end, moving to the offensive line during his redshirt year in 2008. After seeing limited time as a freshman back-up, Wagner started 10 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2010. He replaced Carimi at left tackle last season as a junior and started all 14 games protecting Russell Wilson's blindside, earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors. Wagner has good size and has done a nice job adding nearly 80 pounds to his frame since enrolling in Madison. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2012 - Top-five Wisconsin prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. OT Ricky Wagner...As a former basketball player, he has okay footwork and overall athleticism, but his lateral shuffle is average-at-best and he has a stiff body, lacking swivel hips to quickly adjust. Wagner needs to clean up his technique, bending too much at the waist and spending too much time with his eyes staring at the ground. He has the upper body strength and aggressive hands to lock onto defenders, flashing the power to redirect in the run game. Wagner needs to clean up his balance and cut down on the mental errors, but has next level talent and right now projects as a top-75 pick with room to move up draft boards with a consistent senior campaign. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/29/2012 - "Player development is a priority for us. It has to be," said Bielema on Friday. He underscored how effective his program has been in that department during this week's Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago. Two of the three players who accompanied him on the trip were linebacker Mike Taylor and offensive tackle RickyWagner. Neither was highly recruited coming out of high school. Taylor only had two or three offers, but last year led the Big Ten in tackles and has been named to the 2012 preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award. "He's really set himself up to have a great season as one of the premier players in our league," said Bielema. Wagner walked on as a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end in 2008. "Now he's a 6-6, 330-pound Outland Trophy candidate," said Bielema. "I told him when I moved him (from right tackle to left tackle) a year ago that he had big shoes to fill. Every left tackle that has started for me during my years at Wisconsin has won the Outland Trophy and been a first-round draft pick." He's confident Wagner will keep that streak alive. Arguably, no coaching staff in the Big Ten does a better job at improving the strength, speed, skills and technique of its players. In the last two seasons the Badgers have had 11 players selected in the NFL draft, including three first-rounders. Not bad for a program whose recruiting classes in the last five years haven't been ranked higher than seventh best in the conference. - Randy Beard, The Evansville Courier & Press

07/26/2012 - Our player that's drawn recognition, Ricky Wagner came with us. A neat story about Ricky is Ricky came to us as a 6'5", 235-pound walk-on tight end, and now he's a 6'6", 330-pound Outland Trophy candidate that has been a three-year starter for us. An incredible kid. Great story, because he walked on from the state of Wisconsin and is now achieving at the highest level of success. A lot of people predict him to be a top ten pick a year from now. I told him when I moved him a year ago he had big shoes to fill. Every left tackle that started for me at my years at Wisconsin has won the Outland Trophy and been a first-round Draft pick. So he's hopefully going to live up to the same standards. - Big Ten football/Media day transcripts

07/26/2012 - Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner came to Madison as a 6-5, 235-pound walk-on tight end. He moved to left tackle in 2011 and at 6-6, 322 pounds, enters 2012 on the Outland Trophy watch list with a chance to leave the Badgers with 38 career starts and a legitimate NFL future. NFLDraftScout.com assigns Wagner a first-round grade. He's ranked 32nd overall and the No. 6 offensive tackle with a chance to rise in part because he's listed behind five juniors who might not declare for the 2013 draft. The two left tackles he followed, Joe Thomas and Gabe Carimi, were first-round draft picks. "I told him he had big shoes to fill," said Bielema. Wisconsin's offense retains running back Montee Ball, who gained over 2,200 total yards with an FBS record-tying 39 touchdowns in 2011, but is breaking in a new starting quarterback to replace Russell Wilson. Wilson could be replaced by another ACC transfer, Maryland's Danny O'Brien, who made 17 career starts for the Terrapins. "He fit into our program great," Bielema said. " ... You guys might remember Russell had a pretty good year a year ago." - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. A consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in each of the last two seasons, Wagner has appeared in 38 games through the first three seasons of his Badgers career. He has started 24 contests, including all 14 games last year at left tackle, a position he moved to for the start of the 2011 season after previously playing right tackle. A converted tight end, Wagner played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009 before starting 10 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2010. - Wisconsin football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. A consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in each of the last two seasons, Wagner has appeared in 38 games through the first three seasons of his Badgers career. He has started 24 contests, including all 14 games last year at left tackle, a position he moved to for the start of the 2011 season after previously playing right tackle. A converted tight end, Wagner played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009 before starting 10 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2010. - Wisconsin football

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 15. Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin: The latest in a long line of talented Wisconsin offensive linemen, Wagner started his career at right tackle with 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi manning the blindside position but handled the transition to this all-important position well a year ago. His versatility, experience and size (6-6, 315) should earn him consideration early next April. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 
Latest News
03/07/2013 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: Although they didn't participate in the 40-yard dash, offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Ricky Wagner displayed their speed in footwork drills, displaying their pull techniques and initial first-steps off the line. The scout who led the individual drills was affiliated with the Miami Dolphins. Both lineman ran the 40 at the NFL Combine, with Frederick recording a 5.58 and Wagner with a 5.17. Wagner also recorded the third-best vertical jump of any offensive lineman at the combine with a leap of 31.5 inches.

With the focus more on the 10-yard split of the 40 for offensive lineman, both were satisfied enough with their combine results to feel no urgency to run again. "I'm never running another 40 in my life," Wagner said. "I don't run more than 10 yards." "It's not often you see an offensive lineman running 40 yards down the field," Frederick said. "Unless hopefully your running back has scored, in which case you can trot it down the field." - Nick Korger, The Badger Herald

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