30 in 30: Kansas State OL Dalton Risner

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When it comes to offensive lineman prospects in the draft, Kansas State’s Dalton Risner might be tailor made for the Bills — at least he talks like it.

“I love the culture of (head coach) Sean McDermott.  I love coach Bobby Johnson, I love Mr. Beane,” he joked with reporters at the NFL Combine in March.  “I could keep on naming guys from the Buffalo Bills. I think Bobby Johnson brings something great to the table.”

And, teams have to love what Risner brings as well.  Although he ended his career as the Wildcats right tackle, he also played at both guard and center throughout his career.  Risner ultimately started 51 straight games at KSU and last season, according to the analytics website Pro Football Focus,  allowed only five quarterback pressures in more than 350 snaps.

“When you get on the football field, you got to have that switch. Offensive lineman they aren’t nice on the field. You have to be nasty and have that edge to you.”

A mentality Risner’s dad help mold growing up.

“You’re not there to make friends, you’re there to put foot on the table and playfootball. He was telling me that when I was playing pee wee football,” joked Risner. “I make jokes to my dad. I’d say ‘I blacked out and I wake up at the end of the game and I’m back to myself. I don’t know what happened.'”
 

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