According to reports, the Denver Broncos will host Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner in the coming days for a pre-draft visit/workout. The team gets a max of 30 of these per year and Risner is their first reported one thus far.
I’m told that former Kansas State OL Dalton Risner will be making a top-30 visit to the #Broncos in the coming days. A possible answer for a team still searching for help up-front. pic.twitter.com/Lys6KbMWrM— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) March 15, 2019
Risner’s hometown is Wiggin’s Colorado so he would add some hometown flair to the Broncos offensive line. He’s listed at 6’5”, 312lbs so he has the length and size to play tackle but the versatility to play all over the Broncos offensive line.
Here’s the NFL.com scouting report on Risner written by draft analyst Lance Zierlien who compares Risner to Chicago Bears offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair.
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
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
Here’s an overview of what kind of player Zierlein thinks Dalton Risner can be in the NFL.
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.
Risner is a favorite of mine. He was a standout player at the Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier this year and handled just about everyone lined up against him. He’s a perfect fit for a zone based offense and can help the Broncos at tackle(not a current need), center and potentially even guard. His talent and positional versatility is what makes him a great pick for the Broncos.
Risner could go as early as the late first-round but I think early to mid-second round is the sweet spot for him. I would totally not be against the Broncos using a second-round selection on Risner and having him compete at center and/or guard during the summer.