Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State #71

6042, 308, 5.08


Notes: Last name pronounced RISE-ner. Born in Branson, MO. Played for his father in high school in Wiggins, CO. Was a highly-rated center prospect when originally recruited. Four-year starter and three-year team captain. Redshirted in 2014. Started all 13 games at center in 2015. Moved to right tackle, where he started all 13 games in 2016. Started all 12 regular-season games at right tackle in 2017; allowed only three quarterback pressures according to PFF. Underwent surgery to fix his left shoulder and missed K-State’s bowl game so he could be healthy and return for his final year with the Wildcats. Missed spring practices while rehabbing and recovering from other injuries, namely rest for his right shoulder and a high-ankle sprain. Highly regarded for his community involvement. Started RiseUP Foundation and gives his time to Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who have or had cancer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Special Olympics and more.

Positives: Highly respected team leader. Technically sound. Very consistent. Natural pass protector. Moves his feet nicely. Utilizes his hands and arms effectively. Sinks his hips. Mirrors and slides extremely well. Solid anchor. Steady run blocker at the point of attack. Engages quickly, gets position and sustains his blocks. Can move, pull, trap, get downfield, block in space and adjust on the run. Tough and has played through pain.

Negatives: Hasn't often faced elite pass rush competition. Isn’t an explosive, overpowering, dominant run blocker.

Summary: Has a good chance to be a high draft pick. Plays an important position and has very few, if any, glaring negatives on or off the field.

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