The Experts' Take
Matt Miller, B/R: Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State
I don’t think the Giants will go with Richburg in the third round, because I don’t think he’s going to last that long, not if NFL clubs agree with NFL Draft Scout and its ranking of Richburg as the top center in the draft and a projected second-round pick.
At this point in the draft, I think it makes more sense to look at a running back because, outside of Rashad Jennings, there is uncertainty surrounding the depth at this position.
Peyton Hillis was solid for the team last year, but I can’t shake concerns about his durability. Hillis’ injury history shows that he hasn’t made it through a 16-game season since 2011.
If Hillis is in line to be the third-down back, he’s going to take a beating. If he has to miss time, who's the next man up?
Michael Cox, the second-year player who was a seventh-round draft pick, is an option. However, the concern I have with Cox is that he was able to get onto the field last year only when there were no other healthy bodies to play the position.
Even when the Giants were out of the playoff hunt and the injuries kept piling up, Cox could not find his way back onto the field. That was concerning.
David Wilson? I’d be surprised if he doesn’t start training camp on the PUP list and if he doesn't stay there through the first six games of the season.
While every spinal fusion surgery and subsequent recovery is different, when you see how long it’s taking Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who had a similar surgical procedure last November, to get medically cleared, you can’t help but wonder whether Wilson's expectations to be ready for the 2014 season are realistic.
Assuming he doesn't get cleared to practice in OTAs or to participate in training cam, how much will Wilson regress if he can’t apply what he’s learning in the classroom on the field?
There are a couple of draft prospects that I like at this point in the draft.
The first is Boston College’s Andre Williams (5’11", 230 pounds), who, while not as tall as Brandon Jacobs, has a similar downhill running style that could be a good fit if the Giants plan to run a power rushing game.
Where Williams lacks consistency is as a receiver—NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler notes that Williams had no receptions out of the backfield last season. Brugler also pointed out that Williams' pass-blocking is inconsistent, which would probably mean he’d be limited as a rookie in the Giants offense.
The other running back I hope the Giants consider taking is Washington’s Bishop Sankey (5’10", 209 pounds). I’m not sure that Sankey makes it to No. 74, but it’s hard not to like his quickness, ball security, ability to run inside and skills as a pass-blocker.