News Trending

Getting to Know Dalton Risner

By: Tanishka Mhaskar and Preet Shah
March 7th, 2018

The NFL Draft is coming up in about two months, and with no NFL football to watch, fans are clamoring to familiarize themselves with draft prospects they could hear called to the podium come April.

We decided to interview a player, who’s already a fan favorite, on the offensive line, after he had endeared himself to many Vikings fans with his comment on how it would be “an honor” to play for the Vikings. Vikings fans have been desperate for offensive linemen this offseason, so we decided to get to know Dalton Risner on both a personal level along with his thoughts on himself and the upcoming draft. 

A total of ten questions were asked. Hopefully this helps you get a better take on what kind of person Mr. Risner is and what to expect out of him if he does, indeed get selected by the Vikings. 

Below is a transcript of the interview.

Who do you look up to as the person to model your game?
“A lot of Tim Tebow. I’m really big into my faith, so I looked up to Tim a lot. Like the type of football player he was. I really strive to be like him. I know you’re probably wanting more of a football related, and that would definitely be Joe Staley...Nate Solder, kind of like that.” 

“I just want to use my platform of football to impact people in a positive way, especially if I can through sharing the word of God, you know.”

Who was the toughest opponent you faced in college?
“I’d probably say Montez Sweat out of Mississippi State. He just ran a 4.40 at the combine. I think that kind of shows...he’d be out on first and second down and come in on third. Just a really long and lengthy guy. A great pass rusher man, very dynamic with his size and length of his arms. He’s a good football player.” 

How do you think you would fit in a zone blocking scheme?
“I think I’d fit in really really good. We did a lot of zone at Kansas State. That’s something that we pride ourselves in. That’s a lot of big arm, big blocking. You gotta be good at working double teams with your teammates and I did a lot of that man. I think I kicked ass at it.”

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten through this entire process? 
“I would say, just from you know guys that went through the process telling me to be myself and letting me know that like you can get really caught up in trying to figure out where you’re gonna go in the draft and how things are gonna pan out and you know so many guys don’t enjoy this process so I’m really trying to enjoy the process for what is. You know, whatever happens at the end of April, I sure hope that’s gonna be a blessing and gonna be exactly what I want...It’s a once in a lifetime deal.” 

What are some of your hobbies when you’re not playing football? 
“I love basketball. I grew up playing basketball. It’s one of my favorite sports. I broke the rebound record in my small town with 22 rebounds per game average, which is pretty cool. I just love the game of football. I love hanging out with friends and family—I’m a huge relationships guy. I’m not big on hanging out by myself. Anytime I can hangout with my friends and family, I'm doing that."

What type of music do you listen to before games?
“Ooh. I like that. Mostly country, especially coming from the small town I’m from. People give me crap about that all the time. I’m a big country guy, man. I also listen to a little bit of rap and hip hop occasionally.”

How has versatility with being able to play all five positions along the offensive line helped you?
“You know, I just hope that coaches recognize the fact that I’m comfortable playing across the board. Not everyone in this draft class is comfortable doing that. When you draft Dalton Risner, you don’t just get a right guard, but you get a guy that can plug and play every position across the offensive line. I think that that’s a huge advantage to have and I really hope the coaches have noticed that.”

What players tape do you watch to improve your game?
“So, what I do a lot of is I watch a lot of myself. I think a lot of guys underestimate how much better you can get by watching yourself. Seeing what you do good. Seeing what you do bad. I watch guys that played at Kansas State who are playing in the NFL, like Cody Whitehair, second round draft pick. I compared his film to my film, Senior year. Little things like that kind of let me know where I’m at and let me know what I need to start doing better.”

“Working on weaknesses, but not forgetting about the strengths.”

How do you use your position on the offensive line to be a leader for the whole team?

“Offensive linemen are one of the most important players on the field. The team realizes that. 

You go out there and you set the tone and you push guys in the dirt and you give the quarterback time to make but plays and the running back holes to run through. So as an offensive lineman, you can really take charge of the team. You see a lot of linemen that do because guys respect offensive lineman for the work they put in and the work they put in without getting noticed. So an offensive line position is definitely a position that requires leadership. Someone always has to take control of an offensive line and bring them together, something that I obviously take pride in and hope to do wherever I end up. That type of leadership usually echoes throughout a whole team and whether it's a running back, offensive lineman or a defensive guy, every position requires leadership. I think it’s a cool type of leadership that comes from the offensive line.”

What’s your mentality as an offensive lineman?

“My mentality is putting guys in the dirt, playing with an edge. We’re a different kind of breed of people. You know, we go out there and we work our asses off. We expect no kind of reward for the work we do. It’s a switch. As soon as I touch the football field I flip the switch. I turn into someone else. My main goal is just to kick some ass. You know, to have that type of attitude, I take pride in that and that's the type of attitude I try to keep all week.”

That concluded our interview with Mr. Risner, We thank him for his time and allowing us to put this on our website. Let us know what you now think of him and your opinions of the interview in the comments below. Thank you, and as always, Skol Vikes.