Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Colorado State Rams offensive lineman Weston Richburg (70) against the Washington State Cougars during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
With the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft the New York Giants select… Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State!
Richburg 6’3, 300lb, but he could put on a little girth in a NFL weight room. What he lacks in strength and power he makes up for in decent athleticism. He started 50 games and was a team leader. Although many draft analysts had Marcus Martin from USC as the number one center in this draft, Richburg is a better fit in a zone scheme which new Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will likely employ. Richburg is also more likely to be able to start right away in the NFL, if need be. Giants obviously lack depth at the center position and Richburg should have every opportunity to win the starting job.
I must admit, as potential Giants targets were flying off the board early and often to begin the second round I was getting a little nervous. Making matters even worse the Philadelphia Eagles traded right in front of the Giants, although they ended up taking Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt who wouldn’t have been considered by the Giants after grabbing Odell Beckham in the first.
While I would have gone with Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech or Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Richburg is a solid addition to the Giants offense. I think a lot of fans are going to be a bit disappointed with this selection as it’s not flashy, but the Giants had a serious gap at the center position.
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