Dalton Risner

Kansas State

Prospect Info

College
Kansas State
Hometown
Class
CO
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
312 lbs
34”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

6.03
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 2 ‧ Pick 9
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
5.3u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.69
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.52
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Risner was a communications major at KSU and has already proved himself ready to use these skills to have a worldwide impact by creating social media presence as part of his Rise Up Foundation. The two-time All-State pick from Colorado earned the starting job at center for all 13 games of his redshirt freshman year. He moved to right tackle for the 2016 season and garnered first-team All-Big 12 notice for his play as a 12-game starter. He again was a first-team pick in 2017 after starting 12 games at right tackle, though Risner missed the team's bowl game to have surgery on his left shoulder to make sure it was ready for his senior season. His play in 2018 did not suffer due to that malady, as he was named a second-team Associated Press All-American for his play in 12 starts at right tackle. He was named one of three Offensive Linemen of the Year and first-team all-conference.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Cody Whitehair
Overview
He possesses average length and athletic ability, but with enough tape consumption, it becomes clear he has the necessary tools to get guys blocked on the NFL level. Risner is the same player on every snap with core strength, body control, and strong hands, allowing him to succeed on a relatively consistent basis. His position flexibility (started at right tackle and center) and play traits mirror those of former KSU standout Cody Whitehair. Risner will need to prove he can handle NFL edge speed, but a move inside could be a failsafe option for him.
Strengths
  • Instinctive and defaults into proper mechanics and choices
  • Plays wide and keeps blocks centered
  • Drive blocks with strain and looks to improve body positioning
  • Operates on short and long pulls with excellent body control and radar to find his foe
  • Efficient on bump-and-climb combos up to linebacker
  • Patient on second level with ability to gather and adjust to moving targets
  • Punches with straight, stiff outside hand
  • Strong hands can snatch and secure opponents
  • Smart hand resets in recovery blocks
  • Has anchor to hold his ground against a power surge
  • Finishes with a mean streak
Weaknesses
  • Sluggish coming out of stance
  • Pounding, heavy feet in his lateral movement
  • Could struggle with consistency on backside blocks
  • Needs to re-set hands for improved leverage as drive blocker
  • Hands too wide in the run game
  • Weight drifts outside in pass sets against speed
  • Footwork diminished vs
  • Mississippi State as game wore on
  • Cracks the door for strong inside counters to come in
  • Inside hand needs to become more consistent
  • Mirror limitations once the rush finds his edge
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league