Local prospects to watch in NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday and there’s a handful of local prospects who could get drafted.

Dalton Risner – Kansas State (Projection: 1st-2nd round)

K-State’s Dalton Risner was the Big 12 offensive lineman of the year and has received multiple honors on and off the field. Risner played tackle in college, but his ability to play any position on the line makes him an attractive option to NFL teams. After strong performances at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, Risner will likely go in the first or second round.

Alex Barnes – Kansas State (Projection: 3rd-6th round)

Alex Barnes enters the NFL Draft after leading the Big 12 in rushing as a junior. Barnes has always flown a little under the radar nationally, but had a dominant performance at the NFL Combine. Barnes was the strongest running back at the combine completing seven more reps on the bench press than any other back. He could go as high as the third round.

Corey Ballentine – Washburn (Projection: 3rd-6th round)

Washburn’s Corey Ballentine is a Topeka native and Shawnee Heights graduate who won the Cliff Harris Award, which goes to the nation’s top small school college defensive player. Ballentine was a lock down corner for the Ichabods and made a strong impression at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.  He’s got great speed and is extremely athletic.

Daniel Wise – Kansas (Projection: 4th-7th round)

Daniel Wise decided to return to Kansas for his senior year and was named first team all Big 12. He earned an invite to the NFL Combine and Wise has an NFL pedigree as the brother of Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise. His father also was an NFL draft pick taken by the Seahawks in 1988. Wise has a good chance of being picked on the third day of the draft.

Joe Dineen – Kansas (Projection: 7th round/undrafted free agent)

Joe Dineen was the heart and soul of the KU football team. Dineen is a tackling machine and recorded 147 tackles as a senior. He received multiple second team All-American honors and several awards for his community work. Dineen could be a day three selection. If not, Dineen should land in a team’s rookie minicamp.

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