onths off Irv Smith Jersey Cheap , but it’s not too soon to start looking at some top draft picks the Vikings could select at the end of April.The Senior Bowl has just concluded, and there won’t be much more to evaluate now until the Combine, which probably isn’t as insightful.The first profile is of OL Dalton Risner (Rise -ner).Risner’s Draft Stock is Rising After the Senior BowlI'm not sure where the consensus had Dalton Risner going in the draft prior to the Senior Bowl, but afterward he looks to be a solid mid-to-late first round pick.Hopefully he'll be an option for the Vikings at #18.Risner is out of Kansas State, where he has dominated at right tackle for the past three years.He played a year at center as well early on.He hasn’t given up a sack since 2016.But the ding against all small school prospects is that they haven’t faced top competition.Risner faced off against Montez Sweat- a top edge rusher in this years draft- in one game, and held up well.Beyond that, however, not so much too competition.That is why the Senior Bowl is so important to his draft stock.The Senior Bowl gives small school prospects the opportunity to show what they can do against top competition, and by pretty much all accounts Risner shined against Senior Bowl competition.Risner Brings Tenacity, Toughness - and LeadershipThe point behind these clips of Risner in the Senior Bowl Irv Smith Jersey Womens , however, isn’t so much to Dalton Risner has been one of the better offensive linemen in college football for a long time now, largely due to his masterful hand technique and punishing demeanor. Extremely physical and aggressive, Risner has started three straight seasons at right tackle for Kansas State, locking down every type of rusher and hardly ever losing a 1v1 matchup. In the run game, he brings power and technique, while also being able to get out in space and make high degree of difficulty blocks on a per game basis.- Jon Ledyard, The Draft Networkdemonstrate HOW he played, but WHAT KIND of player he is. Risner has been described as extremely tenacious and nasty, bringing a mauler’s mentality to the trenches.He was also a team captain for three years Irv Smith white jersey , and actively communicated with his teammates to make adjustments.He comes across very well spoken and intelligent. These leadership and communication skills will be prized by coaches - along with his nasty streak -and for the Vikings could bring some much needed edge and swagger to an offensive line that seldom imposes its will.Risner can play all five positions along the line if need be, and measured 6”4 5/8” , 308 lbs., with 34 1/4” arms, 10 5/8” hands, and 81” wingspan at the Senior Bowl.But his mauler mentality, communication and leadership skills, combined with some weakness in footwork outside, make him a better fit as an interior lineman in the NFL - most likely center - where he played as a freshman.He would also be a good fit at guard.Risner played all his reps during the Senior Bowl at right tackle, where he’s played for the past three years Irv Smith Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , which was smart.Sometimes linemen play a new or multiple positions for the Senior Bowl - where they are projected in the NFL, and do poorly as a result.Risner also stated that he wanted to prove himself as a tackle (more money, higher draft position), but that he’d play anywhere his team wanted him to play.He also checks all the boxes in terms of being able to start at a high level as a rookie - solid technique, good anchor, excellent functional strength and hand usage, elite recognition and mental processing to deal with twists and blitzes. He’s also a “high character guy” and a “tough, physical, smart football player with a passion for the game of football,” two phrases we’re likely to hear repeated again by Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer as they describe the type of players they’re after in the draft.Kansas State Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , where Risner played, used primarily inside zone runs but also some gap blocking schemes, so Risner will be used to working with both schemes.The Vikings use more zone blocking these days.So from a scheme standpoint, I wouldn’t expect Risner to have any difficulty adapting to the Vikings scheme. The main drawbacks on Risner is that he’ll be a 24 year old rookie, and he had shoulder surgery after the 2017 season (although he missed only one game in five years at Kansas State).Bottom line, Risner could be just the tonic the Vikings interior offensive line needs to get off the schneid and into a more dominant groove next season.The Vikings reportedly met with Risner during the Senior Bowl, so there is some interest.I would expect a lot of sites mocking him to the Vikings at #18 in the coming months.We’ll see what happens a the end of April.Here is a more complete draft profile of Dalton Risner. If fans of the Minnesota Vikings are hoping for an injection of life into the NFL’s worst rushing offense in Week 5, it doesn’t sound as though they should expect it from second-year running back Dalvin Cook.According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Cook is “still healing” from the hamstring injury he suffered in overtime of the team’s Week 2 tie in Green Bay.After sitting out of Week 3, Cook had 10 carries for 20 yards in the first half of Thursday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams Irv Smith black jersey , but did not see the field in the second half. . .something that he says was by design.The Vikings’ entire rushing game has suffered during the first four games, as their 63 yards/game average is the worst in the NFL, and their 3.5 yards/carry average is third from the bottom. They’re also the only team in the National Football League that has not scored a rushing touchdown through the first quarter of the season.Cook came into the season with high expectations placed on him after missing much of his rookie season with a torn ACL following a hot start.Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo sounds more optimistic about things than Cook does, if that’s any consolation.We’ll have to see what happens, but if the Vikings want to regain any semblence of offensive balance in an effort not to have Kirk Cousins throw 50 passes every week, a healthy Dalvin Cook couldn’t possibly hurt things.