Everyone and their mother knew the Giants needed help on the offensive line in this draft and the Center position was an area they could certainly upgrade.

Enter the Giants 2nd round pick Weston Richburg.

With the Giants releasing the oft-injured and ineffective David Bass in the offseason, and new free-agent pickup J.D. Walton a question mark because of his own injuries (he’s missed most of the last two seasons), the team needed an infusion of youth up front and decided they could not pass on the 6’3”, 298 pound Richburg out of Colorado State.

Richburg is great off the snap and is very reactionary. He is also very athletic for his size and can play guard as well. Not to mention, he also played tackle at college. So you can see, he is very versatile.

He can pull in the run game and he has been hailed as being consistent and dependable in pass protection. He didn’t allow a sack in his junior year.

Most pundits believe Richburg can come in right away and compete for the starting spot over Walton.

From Dan Graziano of ESPN:

My take: It’s good that they took an offensive lineman. It would have been irresponsible and negligent for them not to do so. They should have taken one in the first round and chose not to, and with Richburg, they get a center with whom they spent a great deal of time prior to the draft and whom they likely think can start for them early in his career, possibly right away.

Perhaps the Giants could have targeted tackles like Morgan Moses or Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round, but the Giants saw something they loved in Richburg and let’s hope he pans out.

Cause if he doesn’t Eli Manning will continue to be running for his life.

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