5 offensive guards the Vikings could select in the 2019 NFL Draft

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Dalton Risner (Kansas State)

The name Dalton Risner should be a surprise to nobody when it comes Vikings draft targets. Not only does he fill a huge need, but he has also been a guy Minnesota has shown interest in over the past few months.

Risner has made a name for himself by being a fan favorite on social media and with all the off-the-field goodness he is known for.

He was a four-year starter during his time at Kansas State, playing multiple spots along the offensive line. While he settled in at right tackle for the Wildcats, many see him as a guy who will transition to playing guard in the NFL.

Risner stands in at 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 312 pounds. While he isn’t the biggest offensive lineman out there, he makes up for it with his tough play and his no quit attitude.

What really sticks out about the former Wildcat is his ability to keep opposing defenders in check with the masterful use of his hands. Risner is extremely durable and he loves putting opposing defenders in the dirt.

He is a natural leader on and off the field and he should be able to make an impact as a rookie. So while pick No. 18 might be a little early to obtain Risner’s services, he could be an option if the Vikings opt to trade back or even a possibility in round two if he happens to fall.