STRENGTHS - A highly competitive blocker, Wagner is consistently able to block to the limits of his ability. Although he lacks good all-around athleticism, Wagner has the foot quickness to get out of stance and into blocking position pretty quickly. He usually is able to slide out to the point of contact in time to get hands on explosive edge rusher. Even though he does not punch pass rusher aggressively, he has long arms and strong hands that he uses well to "get a good fit" between the pass rusher's shoulders. When he is able to "get a good fit," he can lock-out and keeps man pinned on the LOS. He shows good awareness working with guard to switch off pass rushers on defensive line stunts/games. An aggressive down/side in-line run blocker, when he stays over his feet he can drive DL down the LOS. He does a good job of making side/seal block on head-up DE to get the corner for the ball carrier. Wagner surprised me with his ability to get helmet around inside shaded defensive lineman, used hands and technique well to work around man and could pin him outside to open up inside hole. With his size, foot quickness, strength and competes, Wagner has the tools to play guard also. When uncovered, Wagner can step through to the second level and does a solid job of seal blocking the LB out of the play when he does not have to move and adjust much.
WEAKNESSES - While he was able to slide out in time to pass block most edge rushers in college, he will have trouble versus the speed rushers in the NFL, which is why he is a right tackle prospect. He is stiff and tight in hips, which hinders his ability to re-direct and slide quickly to handle fast pass rush moves back under-neath. Although he can be effective strength-wise when he "gets a good fit" in pass pro, he can be jolted and driven backwards too easily if the pass rusher gets their hands on his chest before he can lock up on them. He struggles to adjust to block a moving target out in space. His aggressiveness, competes and stiffness leads to him bending at the waist, leaning and reaching to make contact on in-line run blocks and ends up over-extending and falling off his blocks.
SUMMARY - A highly productive college offensive tackle, Wagner is not a good enough athlete to handle playing left tackle in the NFL. He is a straight line athlete with quick feet and was exposed athletically at the Senior Bowl where he could not get to the corner consistently to block edge rush and couldn't re-direct to handle fast change of direction pass rush moves. Overall, Wagner is a good late round (fifth or sixth) round consideration, who should become an excellent backup tackle and guard. If he can become more consistent with his punch and stay over his feet more consistently when he has to move his feet a lot to make/maintain blocks, he could become a solid starting right tackle.