Vikings Newcomer No. 2
Dalton Risner - OG
The Vikings flirted with bringing in Dalton Risner back in August. He visited during training camp, got the fans all riled up, and then left in the night like a sneaky ninja.
It was a month and a half later when Minnesota and Risner finally agreed to terms.
The courtship was excruciating for Vikings fans, and the wait for him to get on the field was equally as bad.
It took a few weeks before Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell felt Risner was ready, but once he saw some action, it was clear he was an upgrade at left guard over Ezra Cleveland.
The Vikings offensive line began to jell when Risner was added and for a few glorious weeks, it was a strength of the team.
Risner played so well that Minnesota moved Cleveland at the trade deadline and made him the full-time starter. He was the only starting Vikings offensive lineman not to allow a sack in 2023.
Risner also immersed himself in the community and is an open advocate for the Vikings and their culture, and he has become a leader in the locker room.
Risner has made it known he wants to come back, and finding quality interior offensive linemen has been an issue for Minnesota for years.
They need to make this happen and keep Risner in purple for years to come.