NFL Draft: 5 best second-round options for the Washington Redskins
It’s no secret that the Redskins are looking to add some help on the offensive line. The left guard position has long been an issue for the team and they lack depth across the unit as well. They will likely add someone on the line with one of their Day 3 picks, and Dalton Risner would make a lot of sense.
Risner has been a steady riser during the draft process. He has a nice frame at 6-5, 312 pounds and while he isn’t particularly, athletic, he has experience at most of the positions on the offensive line. He can be molded into a position at the NFL level, and he should be a really good blocker for the team that lands him.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared Risner to another former Kansas State product and second-round pick, Cody Whitehair. Here’s what he had to say about Risner’s skill set.
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"[Risner] possesses average length and athletic ability, but with enough tape consumption, it becomes clear he has the necessary tools to get guys blocked on the NFL level. Risner is the same player on every snap with core strength, body control, and strong hands, allowing him to succeed on a relatively consistent basis. His position flexibility (started at right tackle and center) and play traits mirror those of former KSU standout Cody Whitehair. Risner will need to prove he can handle NFL edge speed, but a move inside could be a failsafe option for him."
Zierlein nailed this report. The top things that Risner has are his versatility and his strength and technique. He should be able to find a home at guard or center in the NFL, while he could also have a chance to play tackle in the right scenario.
For Washington, Risner would have a chance to start right away at left guard and challenge Ereck Flowers for the starting job. And if he doesn’t win it, Risner could be a super-sub for the Redskins, who would love to have that type of player, especially after the injuries they dealt with on the offensive line last year.