S Thomas leads intriguing non-AQs
Seattle Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner was a second-round pick in 2012 and is coming off a rookie season that saw him record 140 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks. Wagner played a big role in the Seahawks' playoff push and finished second to the Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
It's been an impressive 12-month run for Wagner, whose ascent from under-the-radar Utah State prospect to rookie starter began with a strong week at the 2012 Senior Bowl and extended through a solid pro day workout. Those performances backed up what we saw on Wagner's game film, and despite facing a lower level of competition it was clear he could play at the next level.
Which small-school prospects could come out of the 2013 draft class and make an impact right away? Here is a look at three notable prospects from non-AQ conferences who have been invited to the NFL combine. While they don't project as high as Wagner, each has the potential to become an NFL contributor.
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