Risner did a nice job at the collegiate level playing right tackle. Well, that is except for two days that he’d probably like to forget. He had a rough go when the Kansas State Wildcats played the Texas Longhorns, and he got eaten alive time and time again by Montez Sweat in the game the Wildcats had against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
That makes some wonder if he’s game enough when it comes to better competition, but still, he has put together some nice tape, he had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and most are comfortable enough with his skill set to place him on their list of top-ten offensive tackles.
Look for him to hear his name called in Round 2 or Round 3 on Friday.
9. Trey Pipkins
Here’s another small school prospect who proved that he can play with the big boys. We won’t even lie. We had to use Google to figure out what the Sioux Falls mascot was (it’s a Cougar), but one look at some of Pipkins game film justifies NFL.com’s 5.51 draft grade, meaning he has a chance to eventually become a starter at the pro level.
He’s being viewed as anywhere from a second-or-third-round prospect to a fourth round guy. Did we mention this draft stuff isn’t really an exact science?
10. Max Scharping
Scharping will get honorable mentions on our list of the top-ten interior linemen as well because he’s also a top-ten prospect at guard, but the theory is he’ll be slotted into the tackle position at the pro level.
He didn’t get to wok out at the combine because of an injury, but some see him as a third -round or fourth-round prospect. Others have even said he’ll go in the second, but that, alone, should be enough to tell you that, again, the draft isn’t even close to being an exact science.
We’ll see how it all plays out from Thursday to Saturday.