OT Dalton Risner, Kansas St.

6’5” – 312 lbs. – 5.30
Redshirted, then started thirteen games at center the following year. Slid over to right tackle as a sophomore, then started thirty-seven games there over the next three seasons to finish his career with fifty total starts. Will be twenty-four as a rookie. Showed up to the Combine twelve pounds heavier than his listed weight, and had impressive measurements (10.25” hands, 34” arms); has a solid combination of height and bulk for a pro lineman, with what looks like a strong body. Impressive run-blocker who plays the game with the type of nasty, aggressive temperament teams look for. Works hard to sustain through the whistle. Explosive out of his stance, with the athletic ability to reach and square up opponents when blocking on angles. Was asked to pull to the left and smash defenders in the hole. Gets good extension with his arms, plays with a strong grip, and drives his legs through the whistle to generate movement. Capable of locking on, twisting his body, and throwing down smaller opponents to pick up pancakes. Has some occasional balance issues, lowering his head into contact or bending at the waist in order to reach opponents. Didn’t make it look pretty but was an effective pass-protector at the college level, with impressive awareness. Plays hunched over in his pass sets, and can let his base get narrow. Stilted footwork when getting depth. When protecting the edge against speed, often tended to coast on his raw athleticism rather than getting depth with his kickslide to protect the edge; however, has the short-area quickness to recover and steer rushers wide of the pocket. Fires out his hands quickly, gets good extension with his arms, and has the lateral quickness to mirror once engaged. Looks comfortable handling power and can generate some pop with his punch. A four-year starter with the physicality, motor, leg-drive, and power to succeed at the next level, but whose technique looks sloppy for someone with as much first-team experience as he offers; in particular, needs to keep his head up, play with better balance, and improve his footwork in pass sets. However, the fact that he was able to provide solid, consistent play at the college level even with those issues looks like it will help teams overlook some ugly technique and select him by the end of the draft’s second day. May be considered a candidate to slide inside, either to center or guard.

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