Name: Dalton Risner
School: Kansas State
Listed Height: 6’5
Listed Weight: 312
Strengths: While his frame may lack prototypical length, he possesses a considerably thick build with big hands and broad mid section. He possesses admirable grip strength, which helps him stay latched onto opponents following his strike throughout the duration of the down. On the move, and as a drive blocker, he shows the capability of unlocking more functional power by coming out of his his hips and driving off his insteps upon contact. On tape, he shows flashes of upper body torsion strength which causes imbalance in the defender and may create a knockdown block. He exhibits a nasty demeanor, as he constantly is running his feet through contact and shows a willingness to aggressively finish at the point of attack on a down by down basis. He shows a deft feel at identifying blitz packages, and he keeps his eyes up at all times to pick them up accordingly. On passing downs, he is deliberate in squaring up his defensive opposer at the top of the arc and making contact from a stable platform. Risner also has the versatility to shine on the perimeter, or to kick inside and perform well also.
Weaknesses: Risner needs polish in his feet which will allow him to reach the necessary set points on the arc in a more consistent manner. His heels will click at times, and his feet can cross while combating a lateral or inside counter. If his feet cannot be refined, he may struggle dealing with NFL rushers that have high end play speed. He at times will retreat from a traditional kick slide, and retreat vertically with his shoulders pointed to the line of scrimmage. That opens up the ability to counter to the inside, or to the edges of Risner’s body. When attempting to react to linebackers movements, he struggles meeting them at the contact point due to labored lateral agility.
Overview and Insights: Dalton Risner is a tough, versatile OL prospect that possesses the requisite aggression, power, and technique necessary to be a staple at the RT position. His feet need significant polish, however the technical issues in that area are fixable and can be coached out in time. Risner possesses all the traits needed to play in this league for years, and with some development he could do it at a supremely high level.
Round Projection: Middle of Round 1
Ideal Fits: Texans, Rams, Jaguars
Pro Comparison: Mitchell Schwartz