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Dalton Risner is a stud. He comes to the Broncos from Wiggins, CO which is just short of Fort Morgan, headed northeast on I-76. He excelled at Kansas State University, starting all 13 games as a Freshman at center.
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For his Sophomore campaign, Dalton moved to right tackle where he started every game over the next three seasons. Risner earned second-team All-American honors as well as first-team All-Conference in his Senior season with the Wildcats.
According to draft profiles, Risner may be ideally suited for a move to guard. For the Broncos, that would mean right guard and would balance an already improving Broncos line. With Garett Bolles and Ja’Wuan James set to start at the tackles and Connor McGovern at center and with a healthy Ronald Leary at left guard, Risner would be a fine addition.
We’ve often said that the whole thing is contingent on a top-tier quarterback but that isn’t entirely true. The Broncos could have prime PFM at QB and it would matter little behind what’s been a disastrous line since the 2015 season. Even the Super Bowl 50 winning team had huge holes on the line and struggled offensively. An aging Peyton Manning wasn’t able to compensate for the poor line play. Fortunately for the Broncos, they fielded one of the better all-time NFL defenses and were still able to secure a victory.
Risner at 41 was a solid pick and should have immediate impact on the Broncos fortunes. Their next move was a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 42nd pick which Denver used to nab another quarterback project: