Top 5 targets for the Vikings on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
6 of 6
Next
(Photo by
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Dalton Risner /

Dalton Risner – OL (Kansas State)

I started this draft season talking about Risner and looks like I’m going to end it the same way. Risner was always a borderline first-round talent. He isn’t technically sound, but he’s very fast and super aggressive.

He will always find someone to block, whether that is the guy lining up over him or a helpless linebacker or cornerback he finds 15 yards down the field.

Risner’s versatility is his trump card. He can play center, guard, and even tackle if need be. Yes, the Vikings used their first-round pick on Garrett Bradbury. He will in all likelihood be put at center with Pat Elflien moving to guard.

This completes Minnesota’s rehaul of their starting offensive line. The major problem now is their depth.

The Vikings are still thin at guard and even thinner at offensive tackle. Taking a guy like Risner still makes a lot of sense for the Purple, as he can fill in at so many spots.

He could even battle Josh Kline for the starting right guard position. If Risner beats out Kline, then that’s great. And if he doesn’t, then that’s fine too as competition makes everyone better.

Most fans wouldn’t get excited for their team to draft an interior offensive lineman with back-to-back picks. In Minnesota’s case though, they would be ecstatic to follow up the selection of Bradbury with this hard nose, but fun-loving, big man from Kansas State.

5 Vikings predictions for the 2019 NFL Draft. light. Related Story

(For more NFL Draft and Vikings-related content from Nik Edlund, head on over to SkolHole.com and check out his work.)