With the 43rd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Weston Richburg, a center from Colorado State.
Richburg’s selection was the first center drafted in the entire draft thus far, and this selection addresses a massive hole in the Giants’ offensive line. Before this selection, the Giants’ starting center was projected to be J.D. Walton, a no-name center who has never amounted to much in the NFL. Now, the starting center will likely be Weston Richburg.
Weston Richburg possesses a wide range of talents and capabilities, making his level of play that much better. Richburg is extremely intelligent, and it shows on the field as he can read defenses and blitzers and adjust the offensive line. Weston Richburg is a leader on the offensive line, and with Chris Snee likely retiring soon they will be in need of a natural leader like the Colorado State product.
The Giants’ second round draft pick is also very athletic, enabling him to quickly set the block and open holes up for the running back. Richburg can accelerate right off the line and go one-on-one with the opposing defensive tackle, and his career at Colorado State he almost always won the battle.
But most importantly, Weston Richburg is durable. Throughout his entire collegiate career, Richburg did not miss one game, playing and starting in all 49 of his career games.
However, one important thing to keep in mind is that Weston Richburg is from Colorado State, which means he played in the Mountain West. Obviously, the level of play that Richburg faced in the Mountain West is absolutely nothing when compared to the NFL stars he’ll be pitted against as a member of the Giants.
However, if Richburg can maintain his incredible level of play from Colorado State to the New York Giants, he will have a great NFL career with Big Blue.