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Bobby Wagner ranked top linebacker in the NFL by coaches, scouts, players and executives

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Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. Seattle won 17-9. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Since his days at Utah State, Bobby Wagner has become one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

The best, some say.

ESPN compiled rankings from executives, coaches, scouts, players and experts — ranking the top players at each position.

Wagner was rated the top linebacker in the league by the people that know the game the best.

Since arriving in the league in 2012, Wagner has been a standout for the Seattle Seahawks. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champ. During his career, he’s had 10 interceptions, one for a touchdown, and five forced fumbles with 1,075 tackles and 19.5 sacks. He’s gone four straight years being selected to both the All-Pro first team and the Pro Bowl.

Here’s what the experts have to say about Wagner, per ESPN.

Some evaluators say he has lost, eh, a quarter-step, and that 2019 wasn’t Wagner at his best. But his fastball is still better than everyone else’s, and he has averaged nearly eight passes defended per season since 2017. I know he’s old and been around, but the guy has just got great instincts to go with speed, and when you have that, you can dominate, said an AFC exec. That dominance looks like this: Match seam routes with tight ends, execute a zone defense with precision, drop into coverage and close on the ball with authority, and stand next to Russell Wilson as a leader of a contender.