The experience of the Denver Broncos offensive line is something rookie offensive lineman Dalton Risner hopes to learn from.
The Denver Broncos selected Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft (41st overall).
Risner hopes to learn from the team’s other offensive linemen. When asked about guard Ronald Leary, Risner went further and talked about the other projected starters.
"“A ton. Ron Leary has been in the game for a long time. Not only him, but [T] Garett Bolles, [G/C] Connor McGovern, [G/C] Sam Jones, [T] Ja’Wuan James, all those guys I am excited to get next to and go to work for. I knew Connor before this; I knew Sam. I’ve obviously watched Ja’Wuan play before. I was hanging out with Garett Bolles last night. All those guys are guys who I am going to be able to learn a lot from. I am going to come in a hopefully be underneath their wing and learn as much as I can and earn their respect as quickly as possible.”– Dalton Risner (Via Broncos PR)"
Risner is probably going to play right guard. Left guard Ronald Leary will be coming back despite tearing his Achilles and missing most of the 2018 season.
The 23-year old Risner is versatile and has the potential to move around on the offensive line if needed. It is entirely possible that the Broncos may decide to switch things up and start him at another position. The Broncos are likely to move him around if there are injuries across the line.
Risner is solid in pass protection (just one sack allowed in four seasons) and that is something that is going to be key for the Denver Broncos. Despite Joe Flacco being a “young” 34, if he gets hit a lot, that is going to be bad news for the Broncos.
With Mike Munchak and Chris Kuper coaching him up, he could potentially become a fantastic offensive lineman for the Broncos and finally fix the interior of the offensive line that has been a struggling area for the team for a while now.