- AProjectionRound 2-3
- Hand10 ¼
Strong Points: Started 51 straight games for Kansas State at either center or right tackle. Three-time co-captain. Tough. Strong leader. Outstanding intangibles. Durable. Good hand use. Top competitor.
Weak Points: Lacks great natural size. Not a natural bender -- will widen his base at times to get low. A bit narrow and doesn't have much growth potential. Played tackle in college but must move inside at the NFL level. Tendency to cross his legs over when up against wide speed. Average arm length for a tackle.
The Way We See It: A tough, competitive, four-year starter who wills himself to be a good player. Started at center as a freshman and was the Wildcats' right tackle the past three seasons. He was productive outside at the college level, but I can't see him playing tackle in the NFL. Narrow-framed and not naturally big. He isn't a top athlete -- lateral agility is average for a tackle. His experience at center should pay off, as he will most likely move inside as a pro, where I envision him playing guard or center. His physical traits are much more typical of an inside player. He will be a good backup to begin his NFL career and an eventual starter as he gains strength and experience. Risner projects to a mid-round pick with some upside.
Hub Arkush: Risner is a classic late first-, second-round guy who may never go to a Pro Bowl and lacks some of the natural traits you're looking for in a tackle. But you can plug him in right tackle, guard or maybe even center and win with him for a decade. He started 13 games as a freshman at center before moving to right tackle and finishing school by starting 51 straight games. What he lacks in natural ability he makes up for in character, want-to and plenty of natural core strength. He has an understanding of leverage and solid technique. It's hard to say whether he ends up at right tackle or guard at the next level, but he will start somewhere for a number of years.
Best Fit: Cardinals, Broncos, 49ers, Bills, Falcons, Jets, Bengals
Red Flags: Jack of all trades, master of none. Average athleticism, technique
NFL Comp: Cody Whitehair