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Draft Scout Ricky Wagner News
11/17/14 - G/T Ricky Wagner has made a seamless transition into a starter this season after spending most of last year as more of a blocking tight end. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo said Wagner's athleticism has been the key to his success and he held up well despite the grind of the season. "I think Rick had such a good foundation coming from the University of Wisconsin," Castillo said. "He's athletic. I think a lot people [knew] -- our scouting department knew this -- that he was a basketball player. Rick can dunk. Rick was a pretty good athlete coming out. [He] really works hard. Nobody works harder than Rick. He does a good job studying the game. So really, with those things, you knew he was going to be a good player."
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 5/168 - Ricky Wagner, T, 6-6, 308, Wisconsin...All-Big Ten Conference tackle has played left tackle for past two seasons after playing right tackle. Former prep basketball player isn't an elite athlete, but could also get a look at guard. - The Sports Xchange
03/07/13 - 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
03/07/13 - 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
02/20/13 - 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