There was one glaring need for the New York Giants entering the 2014 NFL Draft and that was on the offensive line. A lot of mock drafts had the Giants selecting an offensive lineman with Zack Martin leading the majority of those mocks. However, the Giants passed on Martin and chose wide receiver Odell Beckham who also fills a need. Then, with their second pick they chose Colorado State center Weston Richburg.
This is a very good pick for the Giants. Right now, the oft-injured J.D. Walton is the only other center on the roster. Richburg should claim the starting job right away and allow Walton to be a nice depth piece on the interior front. Richburg should fit right into offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s zone blocking scheme like a glove.
Richburg is a cerebral football player who was a two-time team captain who started all four years at Colorado St. He has a toughness that is expected of offensive linemen having played a game with a broken right hand that forced him to snap the ball with his left. He might not power his way through defensive lines but he knows how to put a defender on his rear. He won’t be asked to overpower as a road grader in McAdoo’s projected scheme and that suits Richburg extremely well.
The Giants have ignored the center position in recent years and have depended upon free agents to fill the void in recent years beginning with Shaun O’Hara from 2004 to 2010 and then David Baas who was a bit of a disappointment mostly due to injuries. Richburg is the first center the Giants have drafted since 1998 when they selected Ben Fricke in the seventh round. The last time the Giants drafted a center before that was Brian Williams in the first round of the 1989 draft.
The Giants needed help on the offensive line and center was a huge position of need. Richburg should fill the position for quite a few years.