Razorbacks OL Dalton Wagner sees hard work pay off at NFL combine

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Arkansas offensive lineman Dalton Wagner is seen during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

By Monica Miller, special to Fox Sports Texarkana

INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple teams have an eye on Dalton Wagner at the NFL combine, and the six-year offensive lineman credits the Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff with readying him for the NFL. 

The Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, and Denver Broncos have all met with the 6-9 former Razorback informally at the NFL combine.

Wagner is grateful for the opportunity to show his skills at the combine and for the six years he spent at Arkansas.

“I felt like I did the good thing that I needed to do and to finally see it all pay off and to be on a stage like this and showcase my talents a little bit, it’s just very humbling,” Wagner said. “I’m just trying to take everything in and make the most of it.”

The Springfield, Illinois native comes from a football family built for the line. His father is a former offensive lineman at Western Illinois and his brother Bryce is currently an offensive lineman at Southern Illinois.

Wagner credits a transitional Razorbacks program and the leadership of Sam Pittman and his offensive line coaching staff for preparing him for the NFL.


“The biggest thing Arkansas prepared me for coming out here was just the resiliency of being ready for whatever happens,” said Wagner said. “Coach Pit, his staff, and the all the other years I was there with all the other coaches, the changes and everything that happened there it’s prepared me enough that I know there is a lot that goes into this game more than what a lot of fans can see, too. You have to be prepared for sudden changes, you have to be prepared for a lot stuff like that on top of playing at a school like Arkansas in the SEC West.”

Wagner offered a young Razorback, right guard Beaux Limmer, to watch in 2023.

Said Wagner: “[Beaux is a] very very strong kid. Smart, tough, and everything you’d want in an offensive lineman. Just super strong as well, too, really really strong guy.”

Dalton expects to see Limmer on the combine stage next year. 

“He’s incredibly gifted, incredibly talented, and he’s going to kill when he gets here next year,” said Wagner.

Wagner is ranked 308th-best player on Pro Football Focus’ big board.