Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State, (HT: 6'3⅜", WT: 298 lbs.)
Second Round: 43rd Pick
NFL Comparison: John Sullivan, C, Minnesota Vikings
|6'3 3/8"||298||33 3/8"||9 1/4"|
|40-yard dash||10-yd split||Bench||Vert||Broad||3-cone||Shuttle|
- One of the best surprises of the week during Senior Bowl practices.
- Built like a barrel through the upper body with a wide, hulking chest.
- Athletic prospect with great feet and lateral agility.
- Powerful enough to get defenders off their spots in head-up situations.
- Stubby, low-centered body with long arms and very strong hands.
- Plays with a great motor that doesn't turn off or wane through games.
- Slides well and sets into protection with balance and awareness.
- Very smart player who seems to naturally take leadership of any huddle he walks into.
- Adept at diagnosing the defensive front and getting the calls out to linemates.
- Plays with hips and head on a swivel, displaying flexibility, bend and ease of motion when redirecting.
- Fires off the line of scrimmage with a nice pop in most every circumstance.
- Keeps excellent pad level in the run game.
- Has a keen, innate understanding of angles and uses leverage impeccably.
- Consistently puts himself in position to win even when seeming physically overmatched by the competition.
- Simply appears to be a player who does his job effectively and solidly in most circumstances.
- Showed at the Senior Bowl that he can thrive and operate impressively even versus top-tier talent.
- Ran the 10th-fastest 40-yard dash at the combine among offensive line participants.
- Had the 11th-best broad jump among offensive linemen in Indianapolis.
- They are hard to find.
- Obviously a bit undersized at 298 pounds.
- Has not faced the same level of competition at the collegiate level at CSU as other center prospects in the 2014 draft who faced BCS-level competition throughout their college careers.
- While he tends to find ways to mask it, is not the most powerful player in the upper body or with his leg drive.
- Surprisingly ran the 14th-worst short shuttle of all linemen in Indianapolis taking part in combine drills.
- Has small hands.
- Evaluators will notice the occasional high snap out of Richburg in shotgun that seems due to overexcitement and anticipation.
- Can get moving too erratically in pass protection and occasionally find himself out of position.
- Sometimes appears to get his feet caught up with each other while pumping and ladder-drilling—a negative outcome to a positive trait.
Personal Notes (via CSU Athletic Department)
- Given name Weston Blaine Richburg.
- Born on July 9, 1991, in Louisville, Ky.
- Son of Danny and Ruth Richburg.
- Has a younger brother and a younger sister.
- Two relatives played football at Texas Tech, Nathan and Aubrey Richburg.
- A member of the National Honor Society.
- Helped members of the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County with homework and reading, and also participated in the club's sports programs in March before the '10 season.
- Has made several appearances visiting with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins, in February 2010, February 2011 and July 2011.
- For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church.
- Will complete his bachelor's degree in animal science this summer, and will be pursuing a second degree while playing his final season in 2013.
- Hometown: Bushland, Texas.
Weston Richburg told me at the Senior Bowl that he was there to prove he is the best center in the country. While a player cannot accomplish this feat at the Senior Bowl alone, Richburg certainly gave evaluators every reason to go back and get a good view of his film from Colorado State.
What they found in the tape was a whole lot more of the same. Richburg's football intelligence oozes off the screen, and he appears to be an absolute coach's dream. Richburg is a rare player who seems to use every tool in his physical bag together in harmony to operate as a dominating football player who the competition doesn't seem to see coming.
If Travis Frederick (Dallas Cowboys 2013 first-round pick) can be taken in the first round of the NFL draft by a center-needy team, then so can Richburg. Given the depth of playmaking positions such as receiver in 2014, though, the team that drafts Richburg will likely see if they are able to hold off on taking a first-round talent that early in hopes of getting a bargain when the their next pick comes around.
They shouldn't wait too long, though.
Richburg will be long gone by the time Round 3 rolls around.
Draft Projection: First-Second Round