2. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
It’s safe to say pretty much everyone in Broncos Country wanted to come away from day two of the 2019 NFL Draft with Dalton Risner, the kid who sprinted up to John Elway at the 2019 Senior Bowl to introduce himself to his childhood idol.
This is the guy who wore his work boots to his introductory press conference with the team because he’s ready to go to work.
In terms of being a perfect prospect on and off the field, Risner is pretty darn close.
This guy is a mauler as an offensive lineman and he’s going to make a huge impact for the Broncos as an offensive guard. He was a starter for Kansas State at center when he first got on campus, but switched over to the right tackle position and excelled.
He said he practiced at tackle, guard, and center while he was with the Wildcats, and everyone assumes he will play right guard for the Broncos with the loss of Matt Paradis pushing last year’s starting right guard — Connor McGovern — to center on a full-time basis.
Why is this such an exciting pick? Because perhaps even more so than last year’s group which was upgraded with the addition of Jared Veldheer at right tackle, the Broncos seem to have a stellar offensive line on paper.
Okay, I won’t overreact anymore, but it does look really strong.
LT: Garett Bolles
LG: Ron Leary
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Dalton Risner
RT: Ja’Wuan James
The additions of Risner and Ja’Wuan James (free agency) give the Broncos a legit pairing on the right side of the line and with Mike Munchak coaching this group up, things are really looking up for Denver’s line.
This pick had/has me stoked.