Richburg was the first center taken in this year’s draft and the Giants not only expect Richburg to compete for the starting center role, but also to likely win the job heading into the 2014 season.
New York had picked up center J.D. Walton in this free agency period but he remains a bit of a question mark. Walton has not played in an NFL game since September of 2012. He was expected to be the Giants’ starting center prior to the Richburg pick, but now it looks as if plans may have changed.
The Giants are excited about Richburg’s exceptional toughness and leadership qualities that he displayed on the collegiate level. Richburg was a captain at Colorado State and went his entire college career without missing a single game. Considering the state of flux that the offensive line was in a season ago, there is no mystery to New York’s concerns. A pick like Richburg looks like he could provide stability at a crucial offensive position.
The addition of Richburg continues the restructuring of the offensive line that started in free agency. New York picked up tackle Geoff Schwartz and Walton, who joined Justin Pugh, Chris Snee and Will Beatty. Considering the failures of the offensive line last season, the Giants have taken several steps to ensure New York doesn’t wind up in another tailspin.