Wiggins grad Dalton Risner selected by the Broncos in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Dalton Risner, a 2014 graduate of Wiggins, was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the hometown Denver Broncos on Friday night.
Risner, an offensive lineman who became an All-American at Kansas State, was selected with the ninth pick in the second round, with the No. 41 overall pick.
He is the first former Colorado high school football player to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft, and also the first-ever product of Wiggins to ever be drafted.
This marks the second consecutive year that the Broncos have drafted a local player, having selected ThunderRidge grad Sam Jones last season.
Find a complete list of former Colorado players to be drafted throughout history in our database. This is the third year in a row a Colorado product has been selected. The longest streak is 18 straight years from 1982-2000.
At Kansas State, Risner redshirted his freshman season, then started 50 games over the next four years and was a three-year team captain.
Risner’s profile exploded during his senior season at Kansas State, where he was named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports, Sporting News, Pro Football Focus and ESPN.
He was also named the Big 12 offensive lineman of the year as a senior, and was a first-team All-Big 12 pick as a sophomore, junior and a senior — becoming the third offensive lineman in conference history to become a three-time selection.
At Wiggins, Risner was on varsity for three seasons, and played under his father, Mitcheal, who continues to be the school’s coach. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Tigers to the Class 1A championship game.
By the time he was a senior, Risner was named the 1A player of the year as part of the all-state teams.