Giants Continue O-Line Focus With 2nd Round Pick
Most Giants fans were frustrated that their team opted not to go offensive line in the first round but it was exactly where they went in round two.
With the 43rd overall pick, the G-Men selected Colorado State Center Weston Richburg.
“The center position here for us is one of responsibility in terms of dictating to the rest of the offensive line exactly how the scheme is going to go,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “This guy will fit right in, in terms of that.”
“We feel like we have a good solid young center who is very smart. He did a good job despite his long arms on the bench press, so he is strong.
“He is a good worker, and as I said, he has earned his stripes. He is the leader of his offensive line and offensive team. He was voted captain. We are pleased to have Weston on board.”
With one of the worst rushing statistics in the NFL last year, the Giants were determined to re-do their offensive line and they’ve done exactly that. With four o-linemen signed this off-season, three of them are interior guys (Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry, J.D. Walton).
Perhaps the most interesting now is Walton, who’s also a center, and has not played in the NFL in over a year due to injuries.
Coughlin mentioned at the press conference that Walton has the ability to play guard, if needed. The Giants made it seem like they believe that Richburg is the franchise center of the future.
Current OL Depth
LT- Will Beatty, Charles Brown
LG – Geoff Schwartz, James Brewer
C – J.D. Walton, Weston Richburg
RG – Chris Snee, Johny Jerry
RT – Justin Pugh, Steven Baker