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Second Round: Weston Richburg – C – Colorado State University
Along with rebuilding the offense with added weaponry, the Giants needed to commit some effort to restructuring the offensive line, which was horrendous last season. After four free agent signings to that part of the team, the Giants invested a pick into Richburg, who may be the future answer for the center position.
He’s a four year starter at center and displayed the exceptional intellect and technique to be considered the top available center this year. His ability could make an impact right away although his reps are currently being taken at guard in OTAs. I do think Richburg’s best bet is to fight for a starting spot at center though, if the coaches allow it, especially with how up in the air the center spot is in comparison to what a healthy Chris Snee would bring at guard.
I can easily see him being a long-term starter at center, once he proves himself and understands the offense sufficiently. But for now, at the very least, he’s a depth addition at both guard and center. Very valuable and similar to Kevin Boothe in previous seasons, though Weston Richburg maybe a little more naturally athletic. This is a rookie that played QB and linebacker in high school, but outgrew both positions. After 49 starts in college he is ready to play offensive line in the NFL at a high level. Giants fans, if you like the mountainous men in the trenches that murder defenders with gritty technique and hard work… this is your guy.